Portrait of Ida Belle Abram

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3 images
Photograph by
Olson, Martha, American
Subject of
Abram, Ida Belle, American
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 9 7/8 × 7 5/8 in. (25.1 × 19.4 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
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 Ida Belle Abram. Belle is featured sitting in a chair on a porch outside a building. A door and window are visible behind her. Belle is wearing a dress and is barefoot and has her hands resting on her lap. A building is visible in the background of the photograph. The photograph is mounted to a paper frame. On the back of the photograph are handwritten inscriptions identifying the subject, date, and photographer.
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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