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Mask shaped sign used in a Black Men of Labor parade in New Orleans, LA

Catalog Data

Manufactured by:
Unidentified  Search this
Used by:
Black Men of Labor, Inc., American, founded 1994  Search this
Medium:
cloth, plastic
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 35 × 17 × 10 in. (88.9 × 43.2 × 25.4 cm)
Type:
signs
Place used:
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Place made:
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Date:
2012
Caption:
The Black Men of Labor (BMOL) is an exclusively all-male krewe, or parading group in New Orleans founded in 1993. The founding generation of the organization all came from building arts trade families and the group originally paraded the Sunday of Labor Day weekend in honor of the working men and women of New Orleans.
This mask was used by BMOL members during their 2013 annual parade, which had an African-inspired theme. The 2013 theme also reflects the BMOL’s recognition of and connection to the African diaspora.
The mission of the BMOL is to "educate, preserve and perpetuate the rich African and African American culture of New Orleans traditional Jazz music. Through arts and culture the BMOL promote civic engagement and creates opportunity for those interested in building sustainable income and wealth" (Black Men of Labor 2013). BMOL is considered one of many benevolent societies that were created in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries to help free and enslaved Africans cope with financial hardships.
Description:
A mask shaped sign used in a Black Men of Labor parade in New Orleans. The mask lacks openings in the face and is not meant to be worn. The mask is predominantly orange and white with black, brown and white sequence adhered to the front cheeks and mouth area. Red, blue, green, orange and silver sequence are adhered to the bridge and nose area. The eyes of the mask are yellow. The mask has orange horns and a white crown. Blue, pink, red, green and orange colored pompoms are adhered to the eyes, chin and top of the mask. The back of the mask is covered in leopard print fabric.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Associations and institutions  Search this
Building Arts  Search this
Communities  Search this
Costume  Search this
Fraternal organizations  Search this
Holidays and festivals  Search this
Labor  Search this
Men  Search this
Ornamentation  Search this
Social reform  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of The Black Men of Labor, Inc.
Object number:
2015.260.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
Rights assessment and proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd525a48be1-4b67-4220-bee9-2df28c928181
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.260.2