Portrait of a student at Marion County High

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3 images
Photograph by
Olson, Martha, American
Subject of
Unidentified Woman or Women
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 9 15/16 × 8 in. (25.2 × 20.3 cm)
H x W (Paper Frame Closed): 17 × 14 1/16 in. (43.2 × 35.7 cm)
H x W (Paper Frame Open): 17 × 28 1/16 in. (43.2 × 71.3 cm)
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Place depicted
Columbia, Marion County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Date
1970-1971
Caption
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."
Description
A black and white photograph of an unidentified girl at Marion High School, possibly Mary Gola. She is featured from the chest up and is seated in a metal folding chair, looking off into the distance. She is wearing a checkered dress with a long ribbon that is tied at the collar. The photograph is mounted to a paper frame. On the back of the photograph are handwritten inscriptions identifying the subject, date, and photographer.
Topic
African American
American South
Communities
Education
Photography
Youth
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Martha Olson
Object number
2018.21.72
Restrictions & Rights
© Martha Olson
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Portfolio/Series
Marion County Mississippi: 1970-1971
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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