Hat from Fruit of Islam uniform

Worn by
Ali, Jon D, American
Used by
Nation of Islam, American, founded 1930
Manufactured by
Unidentified
Date
1950-1959
On View
Community/Third Floor, 3 050
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Exhibition
Making a Way Out of No Way
Medium
wool , leather , thread and plastic
Dimensions
H x W: 5 1/8 × 7 11/16 × 10 3/8 in. (13 × 19.5 × 26.4 cm)
On hat form: 6 1/4 × 7 11/16 × 11 1/16 in. (15.9 × 19.5 × 28.1 cm)
Description
Fruit of Islam uniform hat with a black plastic peaked brim. This navy blue hat is round with a flat top and the initials "FOI" in beige letters. Inside the "O" is a crescent moon with a star between its horns. The hat's sweat band is brown leather pierced with a repetitive row of square perforations. There is a diamond shaped label sewn into the underside of the top; it is covered by a white square of paper with the handwritten name "Jon D Ali." There are two small ventilation holes on each side of the hat.
Classification
Clothing-Historical
Type
hats
Topic
Clothing and dress
Communities
Men
Religious groups
Resistance
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the family of Becca Nu'Mani
Object number
2013.39.4.3
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5db0c3f44-a847-4968-808a-3f14dbf8317b
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