Portrait of Liza Johnson

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3 images
Photograph by
Olson, Martha, American
Subject of
Johnson, Liza, American
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 9 3/8 × 6 1/2 in. (23.8 × 16.5 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)
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted
Brookhaven, Lincoln 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 Liza Johnson. Johnson stands on a porch facing the right of the photograph. There is an array of furniture on the porch and a clothes line running across the exterior posts in front of Johnson. A cart is on the ground below the porch. The photograph is mounted to a paper frame. [Ms. Liza Johnson 1972 Martha Olson Brookhaven, MS.] is handwritten in pencil on the interior frame below the photograph. A [Q] is handwritten on the interior of the frame. On the back of the photograph are handwritten inscriptions identifying the subject, date, and photographer.
African American
American South
Domestic life
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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Marion County Mississippi: 1970-1971
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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