Photograph by
Olson, Martha, American
Subject of
Jefferson, Naomi, American
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 9 13/16 × 7 7/8 in. (24.9 × 20 cm)
H x W (Paper Frame Closed): 17 × 14 in. (43.2 × 35.6 cm)
H x W (Paper Frame Open): 17 × 28 in. (43.2 × 71.1 cm)
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 Naomi Jefferson. Jefferson is sitting in a chair in a field. She is facing the camera, wearing a dress, sweater, and glasses. The photograph is mounted to a paper frame with clear plastic photograph corners. Below the photograph handwritten text in pencil reads: [Martha Olson]. On the back of the photograph are handwritten inscriptions reading [Naomi Jefferson, step-grandmother to Ford lads, Columbia, MS 1970 / VP 024 / .024.tif / Martha Olson / 213 (crossed out)].
Place depicted
Columbia, Marion County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Marion County Mississippi: 1970-1971
Media Arts-Photography
gelatin silver prints
American South
Rural life
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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