Placard reading "youth are not thugs"

Created by
Peoples Power Assemblies, American
Subject of
Gray, Freddie, American, 1990 - 2015
ink on paper (fiber product) and masking tape on wood
H x W x D: 47 1/2 × 17 1/2 × 1/4 in. (120.7 × 44.5 × 0.6 cm)
placards (information artifacts)
Place used
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
April 18, 2015- May 3, 2015
This placard states that Baltimore's youth are not thugs and demands justice for Freddie Gray. One side of the placard consists of green paper stapled to white poster board. The black text is typed and reads [Baltimore's / YOUTH ARE / NOT THUGS, / Amnesty 4 / ARRESTS / PEOPLES POWER ASSEMBLY / 443-221-3775]. The other side of the placard consists of white paper stapled to a white poster board. An image of Gray in a red t- shirt covers the entire placard. Printed text at the bottom half of reads [JUSTICE / FOR / FREDDIE GREY / Peoples Power Assembly / 443.221.3775 / Labor donated / -15/1/15].
The paper is weather worn and the corners are bent. The entire wooden handle is covered in masking tape. This placard was used during the Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore, Maryland.
African American
Civil rights
Local and regional
Race relations
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Sharon Marie Black
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Black Lives Matter Ephemera Collection
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Political and Activist Ephemera
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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