Pen used by Lyndon B. Johnson to sign the 1965 Voting Rights Act

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Created by
Esterbrook Pen Company, American, 1947 - 1967
Used by
President Johnson, Lyndon Baines, American, 1908 - 1973
Medium
chrome steel and acrylic
Dimensions
H x W: 6 1/4 x 1/2 in. (15.9 x 1.3 cm)
Type
fountain pens
Place used
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date
1965
Description
2010.45.1a: A pen with a silver-colored nib, black grip, and clear barrel. "The President - The White House" is molded into the clear handle in white lettering.
2010.45.1b: Black ink on paper, a copy of S. 1564, an act to enforce the fifteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and for other purposes. The act was passed August 6, 1965.
2010.45.1c: Black ink on paper, a copy of H.R. 6400, a bill before the House of Representatives that purports to enforce the fifteenth amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
2010.45.1d: A magazine clipping showing an image of Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act
The four items were originally framed together in a commemorative display.
Topic
African American
Civil Rights
Law
Local and regional
Politics (Practical)
Race discrimination
Race relations
Segregation
United States--History--1961-1969
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2010.45.1a-d
Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Political and Activist Ephemera
Exhibition
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture