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Photograph by:
Martha Olson, American  Search this
Subject of:
Anna Barnes, American, 1888 - 1978  Search this
Otho Barnes, American, 1876 - 1975  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 8 1/4 × 7 in. (21 × 17.8 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
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 Anna and Otho Barnes. Otho is featured in profile, in the foreground of the image, sitting in a chair and facing the right of the photograph. He is wearing a long-sleeved shirt, pants, suspenders, and a hat. Anna is standing in the background wearing a dress and apron. She has her hands on her hips and is looking at the camera. A telephone is partially visible in the right of the photograph. The photograph is mounted to a paper frame. [Anna and Otho Barnes / 1970 / Martha Olson] is handwritten in pencil on the interior frame below the photograph. [JJ.] is handwritten on the interior of the frame. 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
Domestic life  Search this
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Rural life  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
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National Museum of African American History and Culture