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Medal commemorating Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole as President of Spelman College

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Designed by:
Charnelle Holloway, American  Search this
Owned by:
Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, American, born 1936  Search this
Subject of:
Spelman College, American, founded 1881  Search this
H x W x D: 19 3/4 × 8 × 1/2 in. (50.2 × 20.3 × 1.3 cm)
Place used:
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
A silver medal commemorating the inauguration of Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole as the seventh president of Spelman College. The circular medallion reads "SPELMAN COLLEGE" in gold lettering relief circling the top, with a downward pointing blue triangle with a smaller downward pointing silver triangle at its center with a gold 5-point star in the middle. The school motto "OUR WHOLE SCHOOL FOR CHRIST" is etched around the triangle. The year "1881" in gold lettering relief at the bottom center outside the triangle. All of the above is encircled in a gold band with the exterior an undulating line. The outer edge of the medallion is silver with alternating shiny and matte lines pointing towards the middle of the medallion, resembling rays. The reverse of the medallion is silver with engraved text reading "PRESENTED TO / SPELMAN COLLEGE / NOVEMBER 6, 1988 / IN HONOR OF / THE INAUGURATION OF / JOHNETTA BETSCH COLE / SEVENTH PRESIDENT". The medallion is attached at the center top to a wide silver chain featuring alternating grooved stripe rectangles and hexagons with raised centers attached by a double-line of chain link.
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Johnnetta Betsch Cole
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National Museum of African American History and Culture