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
Unidentified Man or Men
Unidentified Woman or Women
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 a group of people viewed from between the end of two A frame shelters on the National Mall. Two individuals are seated by the front of the shelters. Sitting with their backs to the viewer, both wear shaggy white hats and grey coats, one lighter that the other. They sit on rectangle objects covered with sacks. They are turned slightly towards each other. Directly in front of them are three men, who also stand with their backs to the viewer. Two wear red long sleeve shirts, one wears brown pants and one wears blue. The third man wears a dark jacket and grey pants. The Washington Monument is visible in the background.
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
2015.245.268
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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