Photographic transparency of the Poor People's Campaign

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Photograph by
Robert Houston, American, born 1935
Subject of
Poor People's Campaign, American, 1967 - 1968
Black Star, American, founded 1935
reversal film
H x W: 1 15/16 × 1 15/16 in. (4.9 × 4.9 cm)
Media Arts-Photography
Place depicted
National Mall, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
May 21, 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 transparency depicts the long side of an A frame shelter with a man standing in front of the entrance. The man standing sideways to the viewer, wears a green tee shirt and grey pants. He has his head turned away from the viewer. On the ground by his feet is a television set. By the entrance to the A frame is a low folding table with a large push broom on the ground next to it. There is handwritten text on several side panels of the A frame that reads “WAIT? /NEVER/ An unjust/ law is no law/ at all/ St. Augustine." On the next panel is text that reads " The Dream is not/ over/ We [illegible]."
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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