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Photograph by:
Martha Olson, American  Search this
Subject of:
Maggie Pearl Haynes, American  Search this
Lillie Pearl Haynes, American  Search this
Josephine Irvin, American  Search this
Deloris Johnson, American  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 7 13/16 × 9 3/4 in. (19.8 × 24.8 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 14 1/2 × 16 3/4 in. (36.8 × 42.5 cm)
H x W (Frame): 17 9/16 × 19 13/16 in. (44.6 × 50.3 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted:
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 (from left to right) of Maggie Pearl Haynes, Josephine Irvin, Deloris Johnson, and Lillie Pearl Haynes. The girls are seated on a wicker couch with a patterned blanket on the seat. Each girl is barefoot and has her proper right leg crossed over her proper left leg. The photograph is inside a frame. The back of the frame has several inscriptions about the subject of the photograph, the photographer, and numbers. A label on the back of the frame reads: [Cheerleaders plus 2 younger sisters / First year of Integration of Mississippi School]. Metal hooks and picture wire are attached to the back of the frame.
African American  Search this
American South  Search this
Communities  Search this
Education  Search this
Families  Search this
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Segregation  Search this
Youth  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Martha Olson
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Martha Olson
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Marion County Mississippi: 1970-1971
Media Arts-Photography
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National Museum of African American History and Culture