A hat worn by Dr. Issac Ben Greggs, the Director of the Southern University - Baton Rouge marching band nicknamed "The Human Jukebox." The military-style peaked cap has a navy crown with an gold embroidered “S” at center front. The sideband and bill are black felt embellished with embroidered gold leaves. Gold cording, knotted twice in front, is attached to the front sideband by looping around two (2) gold buttons, one attached to each side of the cap at the temple. The buttons have a lyre design. There are two (2) small black grommets on either side of the hat, above the felt sideband.
In the interior of the cap, there a black plastic sweatband covered with black leather vinyl. There is a plastic support in the interior of the front of the cap. Inside the crown is lined with clear plastic. In the center of the clear plastic lining, there is a rectangular sleeve to hold a card or label. Attached to the clear plastic lining, In between the sleeve and the bill, is a round sticker. The sticker is yellow with a black trim, and has text in black with red accents: [DeMoulin], [618/664-2000], , and [Greenville, Illinois 62246]. Printed onto the underside of the cap, in between the sleeve and the back of the cap, is the text: [BAYLY, INC./HOLLYWOOD, FLA.]. Underneath the sweatband at the back of the cap is a manufacturer's label with the text: [Manufactured By: / BAYLY, INC. / Hollywood, Florida / U.S.A. / (L) 7 1/2-7 3/8]. The back of this label contains cleaning instructions.
A baton used by Dr. Issac Ben Greggs, the Director of the Southern University - Baton Rouge marching band nicknamed "the Human Jukebox." The baton has a white plastic stick and a varnished, light brown wooden handle that is smoothly rounded at its base. The stick of the baton tapers towards the tip, away from the handle. Dr. Greggs used the baton to direct The Human Jukebox during games and performances.
The oral history consists of four digital files: 2011.174.86.1a, 2011.174.86.1b, 2011.174.86.1c, and 2011.174.86.1d.
Charles Siler remembers his early life in Louisiana, including a penchant for drawing that began before the age of two, quitting the Boy Scouts when his troop made black Scouts walk behind the horses in a local parade, and picketing Louisiana's segregated State Library as a senior in high school. He was eventually expelled from Southern University because of his activism. He joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1967, he was drafted and served in the military in the Vietnam War. He continued his civil rights advocacy as he took a variety of positions at cultural institutions and began a career as a cartoonist. The interview closes with Siler's reflections on identity and the process of learning from those who are ideologically different.