silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 7 11/16 × 5 3/8 in. (19.5 × 13.7 cm)
H x W (Paper Frame Closed): 17 × 14 in. (43.2 × 35.6 cm)
H x W (Paper Frame Open): 17 × 28 in. (43.2 × 71.1 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Columbia, 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 Chrystelle Magee Goff and her grandmother Emma (Minnie) Magee on a porch. Goff stands behind Magee, who is sitting in a wooden chair. Goff is looking at the camera and has her proper left hand on the back of Magee's chair. Magee is looking down at fabric that she is holding in her hands. The photograph is mounted to a paper frame. Below the photograph handwritten text in ink reads: [Christelle (sic) & Ms. Emma Magee 1970 Martha Olson]. On the back of the photograph are handwritten inscriptions identifying the subject, date, and photographer.