Photographic transparency of the Poor People's Campaign

Image for Photographic transparency of the Poor People's Campaign
Photograph by
Robert Houston, American, born 1935
Subject of
Poor People's Campaign, American, 1967 - 1968
Black Star, American, founded 1935
Medium
reversal film
Dimensions
H x W: 1 15/16 × 1 15/16 in. (4.9 × 4.9 cm)
Type
transparencies
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 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]."
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
2015.245.264
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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