Photographic transparency of the Poor People's Campaign

Photograph by
Robert Houston, American, born 1935
Subject of
Poor People's Campaign, American, 1967 - 1968
Unidentified Child or Children
Unidentified Man or Men
Black Star, American, founded 1935
Date
May 21, 1968 - June 23, 1968
Medium
reversal film
Dimensions
H x W: 1 15/16 × 1 15/16 in. (4.9 × 4.9 cm)
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 a man posing with three children. The man wears a white button down shirt under a blue blazer and khaki pants. He has sunglasses and a flat cap. There is a nametag on his left lapel with text that is illegible. He also has a necklace around his neck that is a small bust portrait of a woman. The man stands with his arms around three children standing in a row in front of him. The child on the left wears patterned pants and a grey turtleneck. The middle child wears a flowered jumper over w white short sleeve blouse. She carries a light colored purse. The third child wears an orange polka dot short sleeve shirt and patterned pants. There is a fourth child at the right edge of the image, wearing a striped shirt and red pants. She stands in profile to the viewer, with her head turned away from the camera. There are rows of A frame shelters visible in the background.
Place depicted
National Mall, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Movement
African American - Latinx Solidarity
Poor People's Campaign
Type
transparencies
portraits
Topic
Activism
Civil rights
Housing
Local and regional
Photography
Politics
Poverty
U.S. History, 1961-1969
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2015.245.265
Restrictions & Rights
© Robert Houston
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd525961f12-c081-4ace-9587-e47240186bd7