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Created by:
Black Star Line, Inc., American, 1919 - 1922  Search this
Owned by:
Amy McKenzie  Search this
Signed by:
Marcus Garvey, Jamaican, 1887 - 1940  Search this
Edward David Smith-Green, Guyanese, 1888 - 1969  Search this
ink on paper
H x W: 8 x 10 5/8 in. (20.3 x 27 cm)
stock certificates
Place depicted:
Delaware, United States, North and Central America
September 18, 1919
Stock certificate issued to Miss Amy McKenzie for two shares of stock in the Black Star Line, Inc. on September 18, 1919. The certificate has a green border with light green rays extending from the bottom border to the middle of the page. In the top, center, is a black and white graphic of a man on the left pointing to a globe with the continent of Africa prominent. Black text on the globe reads: [AFRICA / THE LAND OF / OPPORTUNITY]. To the right of the globe is an ocean liner with two smoke stacks. On the bottom of the certificate, centered, is an embossed seal for Black Star Line Incorporation overlaid with a red five-cent revenue stamp. The text in ink, stamp, and by hand reads: [No. 754 / 2 Shares / INCORPORATED UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE / BLACK STAR LINE, INC. / CAPITAL STOCK $500,000 / SHARES $5. EACH / This Certifies that Miss Amy McKenzie is the owner of / Two Shares of the Capital Stock of / BLACK STAR LINE, Inc. full paid and non-assessable / transferable only on the books of this Corporation in person or by Attorney / upon surrender of this Certificate properly endorsed. / IN WITNESS WHEREOF. the said Corporation has caused this Certificate to be signed / by its duly authorized officers and its Corporate Seal to be hereunto affixed / this 18 day of Sept. A.D.1919. / Ed Smith-Green / Secretary / J. Meyers Inc. 301 B'way / Marcus Garvey / President.]. The back of the certificate has black text regarding the transference of the shares with blanks provided for inserting the appropriate information. The text in black ink reads: [For value Received__hereby sell, assign, and transfer unto / Shares / of the Capital Stock represented by the within Certificate. / and do hereby irrevocably constitute and appoint / Attorney / to transfer the said stock on the Books of the within named / Corporation with full power of substitution in the premises. / Dated____19__ / In Presence of]. To the right of the text are two vertical lines of text regarding the appropriate people who may sign the reverse of the certificate. The text in black in reads: [NOTICE. THE SIGNATURE OF THIS ASSIGNMENT MUST CORRESPOND WITH THE NAME AS WRITTEN UPON THE / FACE OF THIS CERTIFICATE IN EVERY PARTICIULAR, WITHOUT ALTERATION OR ENLARGEMENT, OR ANY CHANGE WHATEVER.]
African American  Search this
Africa  Search this
Black Enterprise  Search this
Business  Search this
Transportation  Search this
U.S. History, 1919-1933  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture