Portrait of Noreen Watts

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3 images
Photograph by
Olson, Martha, American
Subject of
Watts, Noreen, American, born 1965
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 13 11/16 × 9 in. (34.8 × 22.9 cm)
H x W (Paper Frame Closed): 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm)
H x W (Paper Frame Open): 20 × 32 in. (50.8 × 81.3 cm)
gelatin silver 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 black and white photograph of Noreen Watts. Watts is pictured standing in front of a wall. She looks to the left of the photograph and has her proper right arm resting against her forehead. She is wearing a dress and her legs, arms and hands have a dust-like material on them. The photograph is mounted to a paper frame. Below the photograph handwritten text in ink reads: [1970 Noreen Watts / Martha Olson]. 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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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Marion County Mississippi: 1970-1971
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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