Portrait of Lavada May

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2 images
Photograph by
Olson, Martha, American
Subject of
May, Lavada, American
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 13 7/8 × 11 in. (35.2 × 27.9 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 19 9/16 × 15 5/8 in. (49.7 × 39.7 cm)
H x W (Frame): 21 5/16 × 17 5/16 in. (54.1 × 44 cm)
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Portfolio/Series
Marion County Mississippi: 1970-1971
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Place depicted
Columbia, 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 Lavada May. May is featured from the chest up. She stares directly at the camera and wears a collared top and necklace. The photograph is in a frame. The back of the frame has several inscriptions about the subject of the photograph, the photographer, and numbers. The back of the frame has picture hanging wire on it.
Topic
American South
Communities
Education
Photography
Youth
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Martha Olson
Object number
2018.21.10
Restrictions & Rights
© Martha Olson

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