Portrait of Otho Barnes

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3 images
Photograph by
Olson, Martha, American
Subject of
Barnes, Otho, American, 1876 - 1975
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 9 15/16 × 7 15/16 in. (25.2 × 20.2 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 17 3/16 × 14 5/8 in. (43.7 × 37.1 cm)
H x W (Frame): 19 13/16 × 17 5/8 in. (50.3 × 44.8 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted
Columbia, 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 Otho Barnes seated in rocking chair. Barnes is featured in profile and is facing the left of the photograph. He is dressed in a hat and jacket and dress pants. 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: [Mr. Otho Barnes Columbia, Miss. / 1st Year of Integration of Miss. School].
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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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Marion County Mississippi: 1970-1971
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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