Portrait of a girl named Octavia

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2 images
Photograph by
Olson, Martha, American
Subject of
Unidentified Woman or Women
Medium
dye and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 4 5/8 × 3 1/8 in. (11.7 × 7.9 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 5 × 3 1/2 in. (12.7 × 8.9 cm)
Type
chromogenic color prints
portraits
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 color print of a girl named Octavia. Octavia is featured from the shoulder up, seated and facing the right side of the image. She is wearing a white blouse and has her hair half up and half down. There is a pre-printed date on the top of the image paper that reads [Dec 70]. On the back of the photograph are handwritten inscriptions identifying the subject, date, and photographer.
Topic
African American
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
2018.21.115
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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