Congressional Gold Medal for Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King

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  • Image for Congressional Gold Medal for Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King
  • Image for Congressional Gold Medal for Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King
  • Image for Congressional Gold Medal for Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King
  • Image for Congressional Gold Medal for Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King
  • Image for Congressional Gold Medal for Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King
  • Image for Congressional Gold Medal for Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King
  • Image for Congressional Gold Medal for Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King
  • Image for Congressional Gold Medal for Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King
  • Image for Congressional Gold Medal for Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King
  • Image for Congressional Gold Medal for Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King
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Created by
United States Mint, American, founded 1792
Subject of
Dr. King, Martin Luther Jr., American, 1929 - 1968
King, Coretta Scott, American, 1927 - 2006
Medium
gold and mahogany
Dimensions
H x W x D: 2 15/16 × 2 15/16 × 3/16 in. (7.5 × 7.5 × 0.5 cm)
Type
medals
portraits
Place collected
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Place made
Philadelphia Mint, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date
2004
Description
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.
Topic
African American
Civil rights
Race relations
Social reform
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2014.135ab
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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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