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Subject of:
Fruit of Islam, American, founded 1933  Search this
cloth, plastic, thread, and ribbon
6 1/4 × 8 × 11 in. (15.9 × 20.3 × 27.9 cm)
Place used:
Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1971
A navy blue conductor's style cap with a black patent leather bill and flat top. On the front of the crown, stitched in off-white lettering, it reads [FOI]; within the "O" is a crescent moon and a five-point star. There are two metal grommets, 1 5/8" apart, on the PL and PR side of the cap. The interior of the cap is lined with a strip of brown leather around the circumference of the crown; the leather strip is tied with a ribbon and stapled at the center back of the cap. The strip has a decorative pattern of 4-hole motifs. The interior of the cap is mostly lined with black plastic except for the top, which is exposed navy blue fabric. A plastic sheet, sewn on three sides, is attached to the interior top of the cap.
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Communities  Search this
Men  Search this
Nation of Islam  Search this
Religion  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Angela Shaddad
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture