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
Unidentified Man or Men
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 13, 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 five men standing next to an A frame shelter in Resurrection City. One of the men, wearing a hat, sleeveless white shirt, and dark pants, holds a paintbrush in his right hand. There is an open paint bucket by his feet. In front of him is the side of an A frame shelter with painted text and designs on it in white and red paint. Next to him are two men facing each other, both in sleeveless dark shirts and blue pants. One man, wearing a cloth on his head, has his back to the viewer. Another man in a white shirt and blue pants stands perpendicular to them, with a hammer tucked into his belt. A man in a red shirt and orange pants approaches the group from the right-hand side of the image.
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
2015.245.283
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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