Portrait of unidentified grammar school student

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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): 12 9/16 × 9 3/4 in. (31.9 × 24.8 cm)
H x W (Paper Mount): 17 × 13 3/4 in. (43.2 × 34.9 cm)
H x W (Paper Frame Closed): 20 × 16 1/16 in. (50.8 × 40.8 cm)
H x W (Paper Frame Open): 20 × 32 3/16 in. (50.8 × 81.7 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 grammar school student. The young girl is pictured from the chest up. Her body faces the left of the image and her head is turned towards the camera, chin resting on her proper left shoulder. She is wearing a long-sleeved shirt with a pinafore. The photograph is mounted to a paper frame. Below the photograph handwritten text in ink reads: [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
2018.21.14
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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