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
Unidentified Woman or Women
Black Star, American, founded 1935
Created 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
portraits
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 a man wearing a traditional Native American headdress. The headdress is made of red, white and blue feathers, with a beaded headband. He wears a light blue shirt with red and blue stripes and tan pants. He wears a decorative ceremonial apron of a red bird on a black field. The black apron is edged in yellow fringe. It is held around the waist by a wide decorated belt with two large silver disks in front. In front of him is a woman in a blue sweater carrying a white purse. Standing in profile to the viewer, she holds out her hands to a small child standing in front of her. The child, standing with his back to the viewer, wears a blue blazer and a blue and white hat. In the background are a group of people and a partially constructed A frame. The slide mount has text on the reverse that reads "processed by/ rogers color lab corp./ new york."
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
2015.245.158
Restrictions & Rights
© Robert Houston
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Exhibition
City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People's Campaign
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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