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Manufactured by:
Fruit of the Loom, founded 1851  Search this
Worn by:
Derrick Rose, American, born 1988  Search this
Subject of:
Eric Garner, 1970 - 2014  Search this
Chicago Bulls, American, founded 1966  Search this
cotton, metallic ink
H x W x D (on form): 31 × 26 1/2 × 12 in. (78.7 × 67.3 × 30.5 cm)
H x W x D (flat): 32 × 37 × 1/8 in. (81.3 × 94 × 0.3 cm)
Place used:
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
December 6, 2014
Before the Chicago Bulls' December 6, 2014 game against the Golden State Warriors, Derrick Rose came out of the tunnel for warm-ups wearing this shirt that read "I Can't Breathe." It was a reference to the non-indictment of a New York City police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner a week prior.
A black t-shirt worn by NBA basketball player Derrick Rose during warm-ups before a game when he played with the Chicago Bulls. The shirt has the text "I / CAN'T / BREATHE" printed across the front in white text that fades out from top proper right to bottom proper left. Rose signed the shirt, including his number 1, in silver metallic ink on the proper left front shoulder. A Fruit of the Loom manufacturer's label with fiber content, size, style, and care information is sewn at the interior center back neck.
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Basketball  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Justice  Search this
Police brutality  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Resistance  Search this
Sports  Search this
U.S. History, 2001-  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Anonymous gift
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 052
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture