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 Gwen Toney. Toney is featured with her proper left hand pointing towards the camera and her eyes looking towards the right of the photograph. She is wearing a dress with three-quarter puffy sleeves. She is standing in front of a wall that has a variety of posters and pictures taped to it. The photograph is mounted to a paper frame. On the back of the photograph are handwritten inscriptions identifying the subject, date, and photographer.