Exhibition
Make Good the Promises: Reconstruction and Its Legacies
Created by
Unidentified
Worn by
Fulton, Sybrina, American, born 1966
Subject of
Martin, Trayvon, American, 1995 - 2012
Mothers of the Movement, American, founded 2013
Date
2016
Medium
synthetic fiber with metal and glue
Dimensions
H x W x D: 6 1/8 × 6 1/8 × 2 3/8 in. (15.5 × 15.5 × 6 cm)
Caption
On the evening of February 26, 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin left his father’s house in Sanford, Florida, to go to the convenience store. While walking back home, he was confronted by an armed neighborhood watch captain who had reported him to police as a “suspicious person.” A struggle ensued, and Martin was shot and killed. Public outcry over his death and the neighborhood watch captain's acquittal on murder charges sparked the formation of the Black Lives Matter national protest movement.
After the death of her son Trayvon, Sybrina Fulton became an advocate for racial justice and gun control. She joined with other women who had lost children to police shootings and gun violence to form an activist group, Mothers of the Movement. Fulton wore this silk rose when she spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Description
A synthetic textile rose flower with large red petals worn by Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Flower features petals of both solid and tuille-like textures. Flower has a metal alligator clip at the back, as well as a metal pinback and an elastic band.
Place used
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Trayvon Martin Collection
Classification
Adornment
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Political and Activist Ephemera
Movement
Black Lives Matter
Type
brooches
Topic
Activism
Families
Justice
Law
Motherhood
Race discrimination
Race relations
Social reform
U.S. History, 2001-
Violence
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin in memory of Trayvon Martin
Object number
2021.32.13.1
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5cacb7ad9-1c79-4542-93bf-5e49ce2729de
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