Manufactured by
Lion, American, founded 1898
Worn by
Mobley, Melody Starya, American, born 1958
Subject of
United States Forest Service, founded 1905
polyester and cotton (textile) with metal
H x W (Flat): 44 3/16 × 21 5/16 in. (112.2 × 54.2 cm)
Melody Starya Mobley was the first African American female forester of the USDA Forest Service (USFS), serving from June 1977 until her retirement in March 2005. She also was the first African American woman to graduate (in 1979) from the University of Washington College of Forest Resources (later renamed the School of Forest Resources in the College of the Environment). During her 28 years with the USFS she served in national forests all over the country. Most notably for this collection, she served in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington state from 1980-1982, Cleveland National Forest in Southern California from 1982-1986, held a temporary assignment in Klamath National Forest in Northern California, and finally served in Ocala National Forest in central Florida from 1986-1987. From 1988 until her retirement in 2005 she served in the USFS headquarters in Washington, D.C. In the mid-1990s, Mobley was given a temporary detail to the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada where she served as Deputy Forest Supervisor.
United States Forest Service uniform dress pants worn by Melody Starya Mobley. The size 16, polyester-cotton, khaki green, pants has a copper colored metal zipper and a silver hook and eye. There are two (2) front pockets at the waist and two (2) back pockets. The waistband has a black cotton lining and the pockets are lined with blue cotton fabric. The zipper is stamped [YKK] and the hook and eye are stamped [Elite] in cursive text. A white tag sewn into the interior has black printed text that reads [LOT FS301[?] / CUT: 75657 / 50% POLYESTER / 50% COTTON / 6/01 / SIZE: 16] on the front and washing and care instructions on the back. Sewn to the back of the pants is a paper tag with black printed text that reads [[Lion’s head logo] / LION[underlined] / APPAREL / MADE IN U.S.A. / WPL 13341 / STYLE NO. SIZE / FS301 -00 16 / 07565700004 061401 / 50/50 POLY/COTTON] with the number [33] handwritten in black ink in the bottom right corner.
Place used
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada, United States, North and Central America
dress uniforms
American West
Clothing and dress
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Melody Starya Mobley
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.

Cataloging is an ongoing process and we may update this record as we conduct additional research and review. If you have more information about this object, please contact us at

Share this page