Portrait of Irean Johnson with dog

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Photograph by
Olson, Martha, American
Subject of
Johnson, Irean, American
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 10 × 8 in. (25.4 × 20.3 cm)
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Place depicted
Marion County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Date
1970
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 Irean Johnson. She is standing, turned towards the left of the image, with her proper right arm outstretched. A dog stands on its hind legs and places it front paws on Johnson proper right side. Johnson is wearing a hat, a button down shirt over a long tunic, and jeans. A car and a building are visible in the background of the image. On the back of the photograph is a handwritten inscription reading [Irean Johnson (Ida May's mom)].
Topic
African American
American South
Communities
Domestic life
Photography
Rural life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Martha Olson
Object number
2018.21.86
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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