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Photograph by:
Martha Olson, American  Search this
Subject of:
Ida Mae Nelson, American  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 10 × 7 15/16 in. (25.4 × 20.2 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 13 5/16 × 10 7/8 in. (33.8 × 27.6 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted:
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 Ida Mae Johnson Nelson. Nelson is featured from the chest up, smiling. She holds a dog in her arms and pets the dog's side with her left hand. The photograph is mounted to a thick cardstock. Below the image, on the bottom of the mount, an inscription reads: [Ida Mae Nelson / Martha Olson]. On the back of the photograph are handwritten inscriptions identifying the subject, date, and photographer.
African American  Search this
American South  Search this
Communities  Search this
Photography  Search this
Rural life  Search this
Youth  Search this
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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Marion County Mississippi: 1970-1971
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National Museum of African American History and Culture