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 Child or Children
Unidentified Man or Men
Unidentified Woman or Women
Medium
reversal film and cardboard
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 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 color slide depicts a family of six sitting outside a row of A frame shelters. Seated on ground on the left side of the image is a woman wearing a dark shirt, light pants, and a dark scarf over her hair. Seated on her lap is a little boy in a red and blue striped pants and dark pants. He holds a blue object up to his mouth with both hands. Next to the woman is a little girl kneeling on the ground wearing a white turtleneck and pink shorts. She has an African mask pendant around her neck. On the girl's other side is a boy kneeling on the ground, wearing white shirt and grey pants. In front of him squats a man in a yellow short sleeve sweater and khaki pants. Sitting on the ground between the little girl and the man is a little boy in the light colored top and blue pants. He holds an object in both hands and has two toy trucks on the ground in front of him. 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
2015.245.242
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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