Cardigan from Phi Beta Sigma fraternity

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Manufactured by
Logan Knitting Mills Inc., American
Worn by
Purifoy, William, American
Subject of
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, American, founded 1914
Medium
wool and thread and plastic
Dimensions
H x W x D (On form): 32 1/4 × 25 1/2 × 15 in. (81.9 × 64.8 × 38.1 cm)
H x W: 33 × 21 1/2 in. (83.8 × 54.6 cm)
Type
sweaters
Place used
Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Date
1956
Description
Phi Beta Sigma cardigan sweater from the Alpha Epsilon Chapter at Johnson C. Smith University. This white and blue knit cardigan has multiple white and blue patches. The white cardigan has a v-neck, opens at the center front, and closes with six white buttons. The neck and opening are edged in blue. The long sleeves have blue cuffs and the two rectangular pockets on the front are lined in blue. There are three horizontal stripes across the collarbone, shoulder blades, and around the upper PL arm. Patches on the PR front of the sweater feature the Greek letters Phi, Beta, and Sigma "F / B / S" arranged vertically at a diagonal. Underneath is a patch that reads "Bill." The PL front bears a patch of the Phi Beta Sigma shield. Five patches are sewn to the PR arm: the number "56" and three stars. Two patches , the letters "A E", are stitched to the PL arm. A large patch is sewn to the upper back of the sweater. It reads "Phi Beta Sigma / Fraternity Inc." Sewn into the neck inside the cardigan is an ivory fabric tag. It features red text and yellow and red graphics of a megaphone, footballs, and winged foot. The text reads "100% PURE WOOL - DRY CLEAN ONLY / LOGAN / Knitting Mills / (illegible)038 W. MADISON ST. CHICAGO, ILL."
Topic
African American
Clothing and dress
Education
Fraternities
Men
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kevin A. Christian
Object number
2014.74.2
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Historical
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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