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Textile of Robert F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and John F. Kennedy

Object Number: 2018.017.0001
Category: Artifacts
Type of Object: Textile
Dimensions: 20 1/8 × 39 5/16 × 1/4 in. (51.1 × 99.9 × 0.6 cm)
Machine-woven, vibrantly-colored textile of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and President John F. Kennedy against an American flag background.

All edges of the textile have been machine whip-stitched with black thread overlapping parts of the border.

The three figures overlap each other with President Kennedy being the most forward figure on the far right of the textile. Each figure's gaze is straight ahead, and they are all shown from the shoulders up.

With the exception of some of the fibers used to make up the men's ties, all fibers in this textile have a matte appearance. The nap of the rug is made of a cut pile and lays flat to one side.

A tag is stitched into the whip-stitch edging on the reverse in upper right corner; it has the following text printed in red:

"D.T.C. RN 22580
42 % RAYON
Curator's Notes

Included in the Museum's temporary exhibit, "Rebel Spirits: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.," about how these two men, from wildly different backgrounds, were finding common ground in their activism for the poor, for civil rights and for ending the war in Vietnam, this item will be on display on the Museum's seventh floor from June 5, 2018 to September 3, 2018. - Lindsey Richardson, Curator of Collections

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