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 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
portraits
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
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 photographic slide depicts a woman sitting inside an A frame shelter. She wears a dark blue cardigan over a black shirt, a light colors skirt, and sheer white scarf over her hair. She has glasses and a gold necklace. Seated on a folding cot, she has a blue garment in her lap that she appears to be sewing. Behind her is visible some of the plywood of the shelter. She is surrounded by piles of fabric and a blue suitcase at her feet. With the transparency was a protective plastic sleeve with a sticker on the bottom with both handwrittten and stamped text.
Topic
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
2015.245.275
Restrictions & Rights
© Robert Houston

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