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Photograph by:
Robert Houston, American, 1935 - 2021  Search this
Subject of:
Poor People's Campaign, American, 1967 - 1968  Search this
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
Unidentified Child or Children  Search this
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Black Star, American, founded 1935  Search this
Created by:
Rogers Color Laboratory Corp., American, 1964 - 1996  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 photographic slide depicts a man wearing a traditional Native American headdress. The headdress is made of red, white and blue feathers, with a beaded headband. He wears a light blue shirt with red and blue stripes and tan pants. He wears a decorative ceremonial apron of a red bird on a black field. The black apron is edged in yellow fringe. It is held around the waist by a wide decorated belt with two large silver disks in front. In front of him is a woman in a blue sweater carrying a white purse. Standing in profile to the viewer, she holds out her hands to a small child standing in front of her. The child, standing with his back to the viewer, wears a blue blazer and a blue and white hat. In the background are a group of people and a partially constructed A frame. 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  Search this
Poverty  Search this
U.S. 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
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Media Arts-Photography
American Indian Movements
African American - Latinx Solidarity
Poor People's Campaign
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture