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Academic cap worn by Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole at Bennett College

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Designed by:
Barbara Nicholson, American  Search this
Worn by:
Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, American, born 1936  Search this
Subject of:
Bennett College, American, founded 1873  Search this
synthetic fiber, elastic, and tassels
H x W x D: 9 × 10 1/4 × 10 3/8 in. (22.9 × 26 × 26.4 cm)
caps (headgear)
Place used:
Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, United States, North and Central America
A blue and gold soft academic cap from Bennett College worn by Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole. The cap has a stiff square top that is covered in a bright blue synthetic fabric. A wide strip of blue, black, and gold striped woven tape is attached diagonally across the top. A circular opening at the center of the bottom side of the mortarboard is surrounded by a panel of the blue synthetic fabric and a black, gold, and blue woven tape in a scrollwork pattern, with elastic inside it to secure the cap to the head. Inside. Two gold tassels are looped around a blue button at the center of the top of the cap.
African American  Search this
African diaspora  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
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Education  Search this
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HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Johnnetta Betsch Cole
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture