silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 10 1/4 × 13 1/8 in. (26 × 33.3 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 13 7/8 × 17 3/4 in. (35.2 × 45.1 cm)
H x W (Frame): 16 7/8 × 20 7/8 in. (42.9 × 53 cm)
gelatin silver prints
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 (left to right) Edgar Earl Patton, Steven Renee Patton, Sandra Waller, Leneatha Patton, and Ilene Waller. The children are standing in front of a chicken wire fence. A chicken is visible in the lower left corner of the image. The photograph is inside a frame. The back of the frame has several inscriptions about the subject of the photograph, the photographer, and numbers.