Team USA Olympic uniform shorts worn by Tommie Smith

Manufactured by
Russell Athletics, American, founded 1902
Worn by
Smith, Tommie, American, born 1944
Medium
synthetic fiber and elastic
Dimensions
H x W x D (On form): 16 × 18 × 10 1/2 in. (40.6 × 45.7 × 26.7 cm)
Type
athletic shorts
sports uniforms
Place used
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Latin America, North and Central America
Date
1968
Description
These white athletic shorts were worn by Tommie Smith while competing in events representing Team USA at the 1968 Olympic Games. The shorts are made from a white synthetic fabric with red, white, and blue striped woven tape sewn along the outer side seams and around the hem of the leg openings. The shorts have an elastic waist band. They are not lined. A manufacturer's label reading "Russell / Southern / Co." with size and style number is sewn to the interior center back below the waist band. A paper label is attached with string to the interior proper left side seam with black handwritten text reading "L-84-7:1".
Topic
African American
Black power
Civil rights
Clothing and dress
Men
Olympics
Track and field
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2015.231.1.2
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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