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 Josephine Irvin and Deloris Johnson. The two are standing outside, amidst a group of animals including pigs, chickens, a turkey, and a dog. The girls are dressed in dresses and stand in front of a wooden wagon. A car is visible in the background. On the back of the photograph are handwritten inscriptions identifying the subject, date, and photographer.