Brown Sisters Walk to School

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2 images
Photograph by
Iwasaki, Hikaru Carl, American, born 1923
Subject of
Brown, Linda, American, 1942 - 2018
Brown, Terry
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (sheet): 14 1/16 × 11 in. (35.7 × 27.9 cm)
H x W (image): 11 7/16 × 8 3/8 in. (29.1 × 21.3 cm)
Type
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted
Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, United States, North and Central America
Date
1953
Description
This gelatin silver print depicts the Brown sisters walking between train tracks en route to Monroe Elementary, the segregated Black school closest to their home. The sisters walk between a passing or parked train and unoccupied train tracks which both recede into a vanishing point slightly above the tallest girl's head. Their backs are to the camera and both girls are captured mid-step in the image. The oldest sister, Linda, holds a brown bag lunch in her PR hand while the younger sister, Terry, holds a brown bag lunch in her PL hand. Both girls wear knee-length overcoats.
Topic
African American
Children
Civil rights
Education
Justice
Photography
Transportation
United States--History--1953-1961
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2014.166.7
Restrictions & Rights
© Carl Iwasaki/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images. Permission required for use.
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Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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