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June 19, 2012

Happy Juneteenth!

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Happy Juneteenth

“Bumbrby” hat designed by Betty Comer of Washington, D.C. and purchased at the 1992 Juneteenth celebration in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The Juneteenth holiday commemorates the abolition of slavery in the United States as announced on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas.  The hat is made of African glazed cotton fabric stretched along a wire to form a wide, sweeping brim.  The cotton is printed with representations of a crown, dove, lamb, spear, and open book.

For details, view the hat in our online collections database.

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