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
Created by
Rogers Color Laboratory Corp., American, 1964 - 1996
reversal film and cardboard
H x W: 1 15/16 × 1 15/16 in. (4.9 × 4.9 cm)
color slides
Media Arts-Photography
Place depicted
National Mall, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
May 13, 1968 - June 23, 1968
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.
This color slide depicts a man cutting a seated man's hair in Resurrection City. In the foreground is a seated young man with a striped barber's cloth draped around his neck. He sits turned three-quarters away from the viewer. Standing in front of him is a man in a white tunic with front pockets. He has dark pants and a dark green cap. He holds a white comb in his left hand and has a black comb in his front pocket. His gaze is focused on the young man's hair. Watching them is a third man in a yellow and black striped shirt. Over the shirt he wears a striped cardigan sweater in shades of grey and yellow. He has a pink comb in his hair. Behind the men are other seated individuals getting their hair cut. Visible in the background are rows of A frame shelters under the trees. The slide mount has text on the reverse that reads "processed by/ rogers color lab corp. / new york."
Civil rights
Local and regional
Politics (Practical)
United States--History--1961-1969
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Robert Houston

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