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 Annie Lee Williams and her granddaughters. From the left, back row: Annie Lee Williams, Christine Holmes, Josephine Irvin. From the left, front row: Alva Holmes, Rose Mary Irvin, Alice Irvin. The family is standing outside a building. Another building is visible in the back of the image. The photograph is mounted to a mat that is mounted to a paper frame. Below the photograph on the mat handwritten text in ink reads: [Martha Olson]. On the back of the photograph are handwritten inscriptions identifying the subject, date, and photographer.