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RARE FELT PENNANT FROM THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON, AUGUST 28, 1963, WHEN MARTIN LUTHER KING DELIVERED HIS HISTORIC "I HAVE A DREAM" SPEECH

RARE FELT PENNANT FROM THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON, AUGUST 28, 1963, WHEN MARTIN LUTHER KING DELIVERED HIS HISTORIC "I HAVE A DREAM" SPEECH

Web ID: pat-706
Available: In Stock
Frame Size (H x L): Approx. 21" x 31.5"
Flag Size (H x L): Approx. 10.5" x 28"
 
Description:
Printed in white pigment on scarlet red felt, this rare political pennant was flown in tribute of what would soon be touted as one of the most galvanizing events in American civil rights history. It would have been acquired and waved by an attendee on that landmark day, in August of 1963, in our nation’s capital, when Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.

The triangular design is adorned with tapered text that reads:

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom [the official title of the event]
Wed, Aug. 28, 1963
And Let the World Know We Want Freedom
"I was There"

Known in various colors, the best examples, in my opinion, are those on red, blue, or black grounds. This example has a white, felt reinforcement along the hoist, applied with machine stitching, which is typical of the form.

Mounting: The pennant was mounted and framed within our own conservation department, led by expert trained staff. We take great care in the mounting and preservation of flags and related textiles, and have preserved thousands of examples.

The background is ivory colored hemp fabric, or a hemp and cotton blend (we use both interchangeably). The two-part frame consists of a gilded molding of exceptional quality, with excellent color and surface and a classic, American profile, to which a black-painted molding with a deep, shadowbox profile, a bowed face, and a textured surface, was added as a cap.

Condition: Minor to modest soiling in limited areas and very minor wear.
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Collector Level: Advanced Collectors and the Person with Everything
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Earliest Date of Origin: 1963
Latest Date of Origin: 1963
State/Affiliation: District of Columbia
War Association: Vietnam
Price: Please call (717) 676-0545 or (717) 502-1281
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