Portrait of Myree Aikens

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2 images
Photograph by
Olson, Martha, American
Subject of
Jackson, Myree Aikens, American
dye and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
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)
chromogenic color prints
Place depicted
Marion County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
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."
A color photograph of Myree Aikens Jackson. Jackson is featured at center wearing a yellow top. She has her hair in pigtails and her arms crossed in front of her. Another woman in a yellow dress is partially visible in the back right of the photograph. 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.
African American
American South
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Martha Olson
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Martha Olson
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Marion County Mississippi: 1970-1971
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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