Portrait of an unidentified student at elementary school

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3 images
Photograph by
Olson, Martha, American
Subject of
Unidentified Child or Children
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 9 15/16 × 7 1/8 in. (25.2 × 18.1 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 13 1/8 × 16 3/8 in. (33.3 × 41.6 cm)
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Place depicted
Marion County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Date
1970
Caption
Martha Olson graduated from Northwestern University with her B.A. in Art in 1969, and within a year, she was working more than 800 miles away as the girls’ physical education teacher at Marion High School in Columbia, Mississippi. It was the first year of integration in Mississippi public schools. During that time, Olson photographed local students, their relatives, and other residents of Marion County, which she later compiled into a series entitled, "Marion County Mississippi: 1970-1971."
Description
A black and white photograph of an unidentified elementary school boy standing against a brick wall. The boy is wearing a checked long-sleeve button down shirt, pants, and sneakers. He has his right hand resting on his belt buckle and is looking down towards the ground. The photograph is mounted to a thick paper mount. Below the image, on the bottom of the mount, an inscription reads: [Martha Olson]. On the back of the photograph are handwritten inscriptions identifying the subject, date, and photographer.
Topic
African American
American South
Children
Communities
Education
Photography
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Martha Olson
Object number
2018.21.106
Restrictions & Rights
© Martha Olson
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Portfolio/Series
Marion County Mississippi: 1970-1971
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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