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Team USA Olympic uniform shorts worn by Tommie Smith

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Manufactured by:
Russell Athletics, American, founded 1902  Search this
Worn by:
Tommie Smith, American, born 1944  Search this
synthetic fiber and elastic
H x W x D (On form): 16 × 18 × 10 1/2 in. (40.6 × 45.7 × 26.7 cm)
athletic shorts
sports uniforms
Place used:
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Latin America, North and Central America
These white athletic shorts were worn by Tommie Smith while competing in events representing Team USA at the 1968 Olympic Games. The shorts are made from a white synthetic fabric with red, white, and blue striped woven tape sewn along the outer side seams and around the hem of the leg openings. The shorts have an elastic waist band. They are not lined. A manufacturer's label reading "Russell / Southern / Co." with size and style number is sewn to the interior center back below the waist band. A paper label is attached with string to the interior proper left side seam with black handwritten text reading "L-84-7:1".
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture