The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian recognition awarded by the U.S. Congress. This medal was presented to the Tuskegee Airmen, African American pilots flying for the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. Awarded on March 29, 2007, the medal recognized their “unique military record that inspired revolutionary reform in the Armed Forces.”
A gold medal featuring three men in profile in the center, with "TUSKEGEE AIRMEN" at top and an eagle with spread wings at the bottom.
A Congressional gold medal bestowed upon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
2014.135a: A Congressional gold medal. One side has inscribed text surrounding a depiction of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. The text reads: [Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King / Act of Congress / 2004 / For Their Service to Humanity]. The other side features an image of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change at the top and a wreath along the bottom edge. Engraved text reads: [I suggest that the philosophy and strategy of nonviolence become immediately a subject for study for serious experimentation in every field of human conflict, by no means excluding the relations between nations. This may well be mankind's last chance to choose between chaos and community.]
2014.135b: A mahogany box. The box has a glossy lacquer on the exterior. The top exterior has a gold seal of the United States Mint. Gold text under the seal reads: [United States Mint]. The interior has an insert for the medal and is dark blue fabric.