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Photograph by:
Martha Olson, American  Search this
Subject of:
Edgar Earl Patton, American  Search this
Brady Patton, American  Search this
Lovie Patton, American  Search this
Claudine Waller, American  Search this
Queen Esther Patton, American  Search this
Ilene Waller, American  Search this
Deborah Stepney Waller, American  Search this
Leneatha Patton, American  Search this
Sandra Waller, American  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 7 7/8 × 9 13/16 in. (20 × 24.9 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 14 5/8 × 16 3/4 in. (37.1 × 42.5 cm)
H x W (Frame): 17 5/8 × 9 13/16 in. (44.8 × 24.9 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 (from left to right) Edgar Earl Patton, Brady Patton, Queen Ester Patton, Ilene Waller, Deborah Stepney Waller, Lovie Patton, Claudine Waller, Leneatha Patton, and Sandra Waller. The group is standing in front of a house. 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: [1st Year of Integration of MS. School].
African American  Search this
American South  Search this
Children  Search this
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Families  Search this
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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
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Martha Olson
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National Museum of African American History and Culture