Portrait of the Patton and Waller children

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3 images
Photograph by
Olson, Martha, American
Subject of
Patton, Edgar Earl, American
Patton, Brady, American
Patton, Lovie, American
Waller, Claudine, American
Patton, Queen Esther, American
Waller, Ilene, American
Waller, Deborah Stepney, American
Patton, Leneatha, American
Waller, Sandra, American
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 7 7/8 × 9 13/16 in. (20 × 24.9 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 14 5/8 × 16 3/4 in. (37.1 × 42.5 cm)
H x W (Frame): 17 5/8 × 9 13/16 in. (44.8 × 24.9 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Marion County Mississippi: 1970-1971
Media Arts-Photography
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 (from left to right) Edgar Earl Patton, Brady Patton, Queen Ester Patton, Ilene Waller, Deborah Stepney Waller, Lovie Patton, Claudine Waller, Leneatha Patton, and Sandra Waller. The group is standing in front of a house. The photograph is inside a frame. The back of the frame has several inscriptions about the subject of the photograph, the photographer, and numbers. A label on the back of the frame reads: [1st Year of Integration of MS. School].
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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