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Manufactured by:
Gildan Activewear Inc., Canadian, founded 1984  Search this
Designed by:
Ocean Gao, American, born 1998  Search this
Subject of:
Eric Garner, 1970 - 2014  Search this
Ethical Culture Fieldston School, American, founded 1878  Search this
Millions March NYC, American, founded 2014  Search this
ink on cotton
H x W x D (flat): 30 1/8 × 34 13/16 × 1/8 in. (76.5 × 88.5 × 0.3 cm)
Place made:
Bronx, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
A size large, white t-shirt designed by Ethical Culture Fieldston School student Ocean Gao, who wore this shirt during a December 13, 2014 protest march organized by Millions March NYC in New York City. The cotton t-shirt has printed, stylized, red and black text on the front chest that reads, [THE WORLD IS / NOT OK] below a black-and-white graphic illustration of a teenage Eric Garner. Garner is depicted in bust post facing the viewer, wearing a suit with a bowtie. His nose and mouth are covered with two small illustrations of pieces of tape with black text that read [I CAN’T] above [BREATHE]. Over the right shoulder of the illustration is the artist’s printed signature and date in black ink that reads [Ocean, G. 2014]. A fabric tag for Gildan is sewn at the interior center back collar. The back of the t-shirt is blank.
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Art  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Justice  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Resistance  Search this
Social reform  Search this
U.S. History, 2001-  Search this
Violence  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Mariama Richards
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Restrictions & Rights:
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Political and Activist Ephemera
Black Lives Matter
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture