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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
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 two men standing outside a crowd next to a school bus. One man wears a white short sleeve shirt under a hip-length cream colored vest. He has dark colored pants, sandals, and a wide brimmed straw hat. He has a necklace with a large pendant around his neck. Standing next to him is a man in grey pants, a grey shirt and dark grey short jacket. He has a dark brimmed hat on his head and multiple bead necklaces around his neck. There are numerous pin back buttons on his shirt. Behind them is a crowd of men and women gathered next to a school bus.
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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