Designed by
Nicholson, Barbara, American
Worn by
Dr. Cole, Johnnetta Betsch, American, born 1936
Subject of
Bennett College, American, founded 1873
Date
2003
Medium
synthetic fiber, elastic, and tassels
Dimensions
H x W x D: 9 × 10 1/4 × 10 3/8 in. (22.9 × 26 × 26.4 cm)
Description
A blue and gold soft academic cap from Bennett College worn by Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole. The cap has a stiff square top that is covered in a bright blue synthetic fabric. A wide strip of blue, black, and gold striped woven tape is attached diagonally across the top. A circular opening at the center of the bottom side of the mortarboard is surrounded by a panel of the blue synthetic fabric and a black, gold, and blue woven tape in a scrollwork pattern, with elastic inside it to secure the cap to the head. Inside. Two gold tassels are looped around a blue button at the center of the top of the cap.
Place used
Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Clothing-Historical
Type
caps (headgear)
Topic
African diaspora
Clothing and dress
Design
Education
Fashion design
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Johnnetta Betsch Cole
Object number
2015.209.5
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5f765eec0-397b-4625-91c2-85e01cbe8a86

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