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
Created by
Rogers Color Laboratory Corp., American, 1964 - 1996
Commissioned by
Black Star, American, founded 1935
Manufactured by
Unidentified
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 a flooded A frame shelter. Composed of plastic sheeting and plywood, the shelter has a bar of wood over the entrance. A piece of wood shaped as an irregular triangle rests on the bar. It has the word "STAFF" in red text. There is a folding metal chair in front of the entrance. Tree branches are visible overhead. In the background are other A frame shelters and portable lavatories. 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
2015.245.176
Restrictions & Rights
© Robert Houston

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