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T-shirt with "I Can't Breathe" worn and signed by Derrick Rose during warm-ups

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Manufactured by
Fruit of the Loom, founded 1851
Worn by
Derrick Rose, American, born 1988
Subject of
Garner, Eric, 1970 - 2014
Chicago Bulls, American, founded 1966
Medium
cotton, metallic ink
Dimensions
H x W x D (on form): 31 × 26 1/2 × 12 in. (78.7 × 67.3 × 30.5 cm)
H x W x D (flat): 32 × 37 × 1/8 in. (81.3 × 94 × 0.3 cm)
Type
T-shirts
Place used
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Date
December 6, 2014
Caption
Before the Chicago Bulls' December 6, 2014 game against the Golden State Warriors, Derrick Rose came out of the tunnel for warm-ups wearing this shirt that read "I Can't Breathe." It was a reference to the non-indictment of a New York City police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner a week prior.
Description
A black t-shirt worn by NBA basketball player Derrick Rose during warm-ups before a game when he played with the Chicago Bulls. The shirt has the text "I / CAN'T / BREATHE" printed across the front in white text that fades out from top proper right to bottom proper left. Rose signed the shirt, including his number 1, in silver metallic ink on the proper left front shoulder. A Fruit of the Loom manufacturer's label with fiber content, size, style, and care information is sewn at the interior center back neck.
Topic
African American
Activism
Basketball
Clothing and dress
Justice
Race relations
Resistance
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Anonymous gift
Object number
2015.121
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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