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Exhibition Not an Ostrich: & Other Images from America's Library

Sharon Farmer. Beatrice Fergerson—with hula hoop around her waist, 1990. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (07.00.00) © Sharon Farmer

SHARON FARMER. Beatrice Fergerson, age 97. Washington, D.C., 1990

Sharon Farmer, later appointed to a team of White House photographers for President Clinton, captured the exuberant Beatrice Fergerson, demonstrating her hula hoop prowess. “She’d hurt her hip or she would have ridden her bicycle for me,” said Farmer of the D.C. grandmother. “She was known in the neighborhood for biking and hula hooping.”