Photographic slide of the Poor People's Campaign

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3 images
Photograph by
Robert Houston, American, born 1935
Subject of
Poor People's Campaign, American, 1967 - 1968
Unidentified Man or Men
Unidentified Child or Children
Created by
Rogers Color Laboratory Corp., American, 1964 - 1996
Medium
reversal film and plastic
Dimensions
H x W: 1 15/16 × 1 15/16 in. (4.9 × 4.9 cm)
Type
color slides
Place depicted
National Mall, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date
May 13, 1968 - June 23, 1968
Caption
This slide is part of a collection of 35mm slides encapsulating Robert Houston's full portfolio of images related to the Poor People's Campaign and the antipoverty protest camp on the National Mall. Known as "Resurrection City," the camp lasted for six weeks in the spring of 1968.
Description
This color slide depicts an elderly man with a cane seated on a cardboard box next to a little girl seated on a suitcase in Resurrection City. The man wears a grey suit over a brown shirt. He has thick grey mustache, a brown hat and a cane resting against his legs. He sits on a cardboard box and rests his back against another stack of boxes that has packages and blankets balanced on top. He is in profile to the viewer. Next to him is a girl in a grey knee length coat. She is sitting on a brown suitcase, resting her back against the same pile of boxes as the elderly man. She is turned three-quarters away from the viewer.
Topic
African American
Activism
Civil rights
Housing
Local and regional
Photography
Politics (Practical)
Poverty
United States--History--1961-1969
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2015.245.115
Restrictions & Rights
© Robert Houston
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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