Martha Olson graduated from Northwestern University with her B.A. in Art in 1969, and within a year, she was working more than 800 miles away as the girls’ physical education teacher at Marion High School in Columbia, Mississippi. It was the first year of integration in Mississippi public schools. During that time, Olson photographed local students, their relatives, and other residents of Marion County, which she later compiled into a series entitled, "Marion County Mississippi: 1970-1971."
A black and white photograph of (from left to right) Bobby, Betty and Michael Taylor. The Taylors are outside, surrounded by pigs and chickens. Bobby is mid-stride, towards the left of image. Betty stands at center, with her hands on her hips. Michael has his back facing the camera and is mid-step in the background. The photograph is mounted to a thick cardstock. Below the image, on the bottom of the mount, an inscription reads: [Bobby, Betty, and Michael Taylor / 1970 / Martha Olson]. On the back of the photograph are handwritten inscriptions identifying the subject, date, and photographer.