The rescue basket is constructed almost entirely of welded type 304 stainless steel. The bail assembly folds into the basket for compact stowage. The structural integrity of the bail is provided by ¼" stainless steel cable acting as the hinge point. The bottom is enclosed with a plastic, semi-rigid net liner with 1" openings. The float covers are constructed of 1050 denier nylon ballistic cloth with a marine urethane coating. Each cover is printed with safety pictorials and has high intensity retro-reflective markings. These technical details are from the online company catalog: www.lifesupportintl.com
Round pin-back button featuring white type set against a photographic background depicting African Americans suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Photographic background has been colorized green and red on edges. White type on button reads, [Remember Katrina/Fight Racism, Poverty and Pollution!!/National Black Environmental Justice Network/Safe and Healthy Communities Campaign/NBEJN/P.O. Box 15395/Washington, D.C. 20003/202-265-4919/WWW.NBEJN.ORG].
Acrylic painting over carving on a wood board depicts Fats Domino playing the piano on the roof of his flooded studio. Outlines of figures and objects are carved into the wood, then painted over. Fats Domino is wearing a turquoise suit and is playing a white piano labelled "Steinway". Over his head are the words "Ain't that a shame." His studio, a small yellow house, is surrounded by water and framed by two telephone poles, complete with wires that are breaking off at the top. The studio has a sign in the front window that reads "Fats Domino Studio" and a sign over the door that reads "studio." In front of the house is a bright pink Cadillac, being flooded by water. There are small indistinct objects floating in the water in the foreground. The artist has signed the work on the bottom right. There is a small natural knot hole through the board at bottom left.
A red double-breasted chef jacket worn by Leah Chase. The jacket is long sleeved with two pockets on either side of the waist. It is fastened with two rows of six red buttons on the front of the jacket and has a mandarin collar. Yellow embroidery on the PL breast reads [Leah Chase] in script. The manufacturer's tag is sewn at the back of the neck.
Paper menu for Dooky Chase's Restaurant, housed in a plastic and leather menu holder. Menu consists of a single sided piece of paper with black type. In large type at TC of paper is, [DOOKY CHASE'S]. Menu is split into six sections: "APPETIZERS", "SEAFOOD", "POULTRY & MEATS", "SIDES", "DESSERTS", and "CHILDREN'S MENU". The dishes listed include Dooky Chase signatures such as Fried Chicken, Shrimp Clemenceau, Chicken Creole, and Stuffed Shrimp. Menu holder has clear plastic front and back, with a maroon leather border and decorated metal corners.
Cooking and dining
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Dooky Chase's Restaurant and Chef Leah Chase