Photographic slide 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
Created by
Rogers Color Laboratory Corp., American, 1964 - 1996
Commissioned by
Black Star, American, founded 1935
Manufactured by
Unidentified
Date
May 21, 1968 - June 23, 1968
Medium
reversal film and cardboard
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 photographic slide depicts a young man digging a trench. The man's bare back is to the camera and he stands hip deep in the trench, bent over holding the wooden handle of a digging implement with both hands. He wears belted blue jeans, a cowboy hat, and a blue bandana around his neck. The slide mount has text on the reverse that reads "processed by/ rogers color lab corp./ new york."
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
color slides
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
2015.245.75
Restrictions & Rights
© Robert Houston
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd52356522b-e393-46b4-afb2-6c3ec0cd056e
3 image(s)