George Polk Award received by Wilbert Rideau for The Angolite

Issued by
Long Island University, American, founded 1926
Received by
Rideau, Wilbert, American, born 1942
Sinclair, Billy, American, born 1945
Subject of
Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, American, founded 1835
Medium
plastic and brass
Dimensions
H x W x D: 14 × 9 7/16 × 1/2 in. (35.6 × 24 × 1.3 cm)
Type
plaques (flat objects)
Place used
West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Date
1980
Description
A rectangular black wall plaque featuring an engraving in white of a quill pen and text on the upper half reading "LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY / THE / GEORGE / POLK / AWARD." A brass circular addition at the bottom left is engraved with the text "Special Interest Reporting / Wilber Rideau / The Angolite". A hole is bored into the upper center of the reverse for hanging the plaque. A label for the engraving company Malcolm & Hayes of New York City is adhered below the hole.
Topic
African American
Journalism
Justice
Men
Prisons
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Wilbert Rideau and Linda LaBranche
Object number
2016.139.3
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

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