A solid fiberglass prosthetic left leg (including below knee, calf, ankle), and foot. The leg, or laminated frame, is a light brown, with a calf-high black sock taped up around the calf with black tape. The top of the leg, or frame, is cut to fit around the knee (cut lower in the back for joint movement and bending at the knee) and has a leather harness attached, creating a flexible inner socket-like formation. The light-colored leather harness has elastic elements, a silver buckle used for adjusting length, and is attached to the proper left and proper right side of the body of the leg, creating a circular strap that would wrap around the leg, holding it in place. The foot is slightly arched, with the toe area pointed slightly upward. The interior of the leg frame is hollow until about halfway down the calf, where it then comes together at a point. There is a cloth-covered sticker/adhesive strip over the back edge of the leg (behind the knee).
A cane, or walking stick, used by Carl Brashear. The body of the cane is alternating black and brown in color, with a shiny surface. The middle portion of the cane is twisted, creating a twirling appearance. The handle of the cane is white, and resembles a door knob. At the bottom of the cane, there is a white stopper. There is a gold tag with text etched into it, reading: [BILL COPELIN / SONORA. KY / '97] circling around the cane, close to the top, underneath the white knob handle.
The oral history consists of 2016.129.12.1a and 2016.129.12.2a: two versions (unedited, and edited) of a single digital video recording.
DaWayne Brashear was interviewed as part of the NMAAHC Donor Oral History Collection. Mr. Brashear donated several items related Carl Brashear’s career in the Navy, including his prosthetic leg, to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
In this oral history DaWayne Brashear recounts his memories of growing up with his father, Chief Master Carl Brashear. His narrative includes descriptions of his father’s work as well as insightful details about their family life while their father doggedly pursued a career as a Master Diver in the face of discrimination, and even after he lost his leg.
Unedited File: Unedited digital file of oral history interview. This file is necessary in case we need to refer to the original recording for any reason and/or want to use a portion of the file that has been edited out.
Edited File: Videographer has minimized or eliminated interruptions, false starts and any unnecessary sounds. An agreed upon slate has also been added with title, date, and logo. Separate files of the same interview have been concatenated. This is the copy that will be made available to the public and/or researchers and uploaded to the website.