Photographic slide of the Poor People's Campaign

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3 images
Photograph by
Robert Houston, American, born 1935
Subject of
Poor People's Campaign, American, 1967 - 1968
Unidentified Child or Children
Unidentified Woman or Women
Created by
Rogers Color Laboratory Corp., American, 1964 - 1996
Medium
reversal film and cardboard
Dimensions
H x W: 1 15/16 × 1 15/16 in. (4.9 × 4.9 cm)
Type
color slides
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 slide depicts three women and five children in front of the entrance to an A frame shelter in Resurrection City. One woman, wearing a long brown coat, carries a closed umbrella under her right arm and a dark purse in her left hand. She stands in profile to the viewer. Standing facing her are two women; one wearing a shorter brown coat over a green dress. She holds a large dark purse in both hands in front of her. She stands in profile to the viewer. Standing on her right side is another woman with a white comb in her hair. Next to her is a little boy in a grey coat, peering down into a tall white container on the ground in front of him. A little girl in a white, red and plaid dress looks over his shoulder. Standing in the entrance to the shelter itself is an older girl in light colored dress and grey cardigan. She gazes out of the shelter straight ahead of her. There is another girl, wearing blue, and a boy, in a dark suit, standing just outside the shelter entrance. The slide mount has text on the reverse that reads "processed by/ rogers color lab corp. / new york."
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
2015.245.85
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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