On View
Segregation Gallery
Exhibition
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
Created by
Unidentified
Worn by
Monroe, Marie, American, 1905 - 1923
Date
1923
Medium
rayon
Dimensions
H x W x D (on form): 49 × 21 1/2 × 13 in. (124.5 × 54.6 × 33 cm)
H x W (flat): 50 × 17 in. (127 × 43.2 cm)
Caption
This dress belonged to Marie Monroe, a young woman who lived in Rosewood, Florida, during the 1923 Rosewood Massacre.
Description
A green and cream checked A-line dress with black trimmings worn by Marie Monroe. The dress has a split-front neckline with a folded collar and straight-cut fitted sleeves that end below the elbow. The body of the dress is blousy and has a drop waist and pleated skirt with the hem falling mid-calf. The dress is made from a semi-sheer light green fabric with darker green and cream woven checks. Black woven tape is sewn in a rectangle around the split-neck, on the edges of the collar, in double lines on the cuffs of each sleeve, and around the drop waistline. The waist is scalloped, with two bottom points on the front and back at each side. The skirt has a box pleat extending from each of these points. The dress has no closure method, it slips on over the wearer's head. It is not lined.
Place used
Rosewood, Levy County, Florida, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Clothing-Historical
Type
dresses
Topic
American South
Clothing and dress
Communities
Families
Race riots
Violence
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Sherry Sherrod DuPree
Object number
2016.36
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5c4b07b0d-da26-49d7-acd9-4718143b8b5d
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