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
Shriver, Eunice Kennedy, American, 1921 - 2009
Unidentified Man or Men
Black Star, American, founded 1935
Printed by
Rogers Color Laboratory Corp., American, 1964 - 1996
Medium
reversal film and cardboard
Dimensions
H x W: 1 15/16 × 1 15/16 in. (4.9 × 4.9 cm)
Type
color slides
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Place depicted
National Mall, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date
May 21, 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 photographic slide depicts Eunice Kennedy Shriver and a young man working on building a temporary structure. Shriver is seated on the ground, hammering a nail into a large a sheet of plywood. She wears a yellow coat over a patterned dress. Next to her is a young man in a dark colored jacket, leaning with both hands on the plywood. He holds an axe in his right hand. Behind them, the wooden frame of a temporary shelter is partially visible. The slide mount has text on the reverse that reads "processed by/ rogers color lab corp./ new york."
Topic
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
2015.245.132
Restrictions & Rights
© Robert Houston

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