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 grammar school children preforming in a choir during a Christmas event. The photograph features a group of young girls in the foreground of the photograph. Most of the girls look towards the right of the photograph, while others look towards the camera or down towards the ground. Additional children can be see standing in the background. Above, on risers, children are partially visible behind music stands. The photograph is mounted to a paper frame. On the back of the photograph are handwritten inscriptions identifying the subject, date, and photographer.