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Photograph by:
Robert Houston, American, born 1935  Search this
Subject of:
Poor People's Campaign, American, 1967 - 1968  Search this
Unidentified Child or Children  Search this
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
reversal film and cardboard
H x W: 1 15/16 × 1 15/16 in. (4.9 × 4.9 cm)
color slides
Place depicted:
National Mall, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
May 21, 1968 - June 23, 1968
This slide is part of a collection of 35mm slides encapsulating Robert Houston's full portfolio of images related to the Poor People's Campaign and the antipoverty protest camp on the National Mall. Known as "Resurrection City," the camp lasted for six weeks in the spring of 1968.
This color slide depicts a family of six sitting outside a row of A frame shelters. Seated on ground on the left side of the image is a woman wearing a dark shirt, light pants, and a dark scarf over her hair. Seated on her lap is a little boy in a red and blue striped pants and dark pants. He holds a blue object up to his mouth with both hands. Next to the woman is a little girl kneeling on the ground wearing a white turtleneck and pink shorts. She has an African mask pendant around her neck. On the girl's other side is a boy kneeling on the ground, wearing white shirt and grey pants. In front of him squats a man in a yellow short sleeve sweater and khaki pants. Sitting on the ground between the little girl and the man is a little boy in the light colored top and blue pants. He holds an object in both hands and has two toy trucks on the ground in front of him. The slide mount has text on the reverse that reads "processed by/ rogers color lab corp. / new york."
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Housing  Search this
Local and regional  Search this
Photography  Search this
Politics (Practical)  Search this
Poverty  Search this
United States--History--1961-1969  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
© Robert Houston
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture