Olympic Torch from the 1996 Atlanta games signed by Muhammad Ali

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Designed by
Malcolm Grear Designers, American, founded 1960
Manufactured by
Hillerich & Bradsby Co., American, founded 1884
Erie Plating Company, American, founded 1925
Signed by
Ali, Muhammad, American, 1942 - 2016
Commissioned by
Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, American, 1991 - 1997
Medium
aluminum , wood and brass (alloy) , ink
Dimensions
H x W x D: 31 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (80.6 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm)
Type
torches (lighting devices)
Place used
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
Date
1996
Description
A 1996 Olympic torch from the Atlanta Summer Games signed on the middle handle by Muhammad Ali. The signatures reads: [Muhammad Ali / 1996] in blue marker. The torch features 22 aluminum "reeds", one for each Olympic Games up to 1996. Additionally, it features two gold plated brass rings, the first displaying the inscription: [Atlanta 1996] with the Atlanta Games emblem and the second featuring the names of the host cities of the Olympic Games of the modern era. The torch was designed to be grasped in the middle with the handle made of Georgian pecan wood.
Topic
African American
Athletes
International affairs
Olympics
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2012.62.6.1
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Tools and Equipment-Ceremonial Tools
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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