Bronze African Redemption Medal of the Universal Negro Improvement Association

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  • Image for Bronze African Redemption Medal of the Universal Negro Improvement Association
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Commissioned by
Universal Negro Improvement Association, American, founded 1914
Manufactured by
TharpeRobbins Company, Inc., American, founded 1892
Medium
bronze and leather
Dimensions
2011.57.18a: 1 3/4 × 1 5/8 × 1/16 in. (4.5 × 4.2 × 0.2 cm)
2011.57.18b: 6 5/16 × 11/16 × 13/16 in. (16 × 1.8 × 2 cm)
Type
medals
Place made
Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Date
ca. 1920
Description
A bronze African Redemption medal produced for the Universal Negro Improvement Association (2011.57.18a) with leather strap (2011.57.18b). The medal itself is in the shape of an eight-pointed star with a bar across the top two points for affixing a leather strap. The front of the medal has a five pointed star in relief in the center with the words [AFRICAN / REDEMPTION] above and below the design. Each cardinal orientation has a letter of U.N.I.A. stamped in relief, with [U] on top, [N] on the PR, [I] on the PL, and [A] on the bottom. The back of the medal is bare except for the manufacturer's mark, which appears stamped at the center bottom. The leather strap is black and has a metal buckle clasp and several tooled holes for fastening.
Topic
African American
Africa
Associations and institutions
Social reform
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2011.57.18ab
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Awards and Medals
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

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