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Certificate of Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to General Colin L. Powell

Catalog Data

Published by:
The White House, founded 1792  Search this
Issued by:
President George H. W. Bush, American, born 1924  Search this
Owned by:
General Colin L. Powell, American, 1937 - 2021  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W (certificate): 11 × 13 15/16 in. (27.9 × 35.4 cm)
Type:
certificates
Place made:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Place collected:
McLean, Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
July 3, 1991
Caption:
General Colin Powell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on July 3, 1991, by President George H. W. Bush. Along with the Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award of the United States. General Powell was awarded a second Presidential Medal of Freedom, with distinction, in 1993.
Description:
A large certificate for the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by President George H. W. Bush, to General Colin L. Powell. This cream cardstock, matte certificate, was awarded to General Powell July 3, 1991. At the top center is the presidential seal (Great Seal), printed in gold. In large black and gold ornate script and print throughout, the certificate reads: [The President of the United States of America / Awards this / Presidential Medal of Freedom / to / GENERAL COLIN L. POWELL, USA / In a long and distinguished career in the United States Army, culminating / in his service as Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell has provided / unsurpassed leadership and judgment in difficult times. A deft manager and / forthright counselor, he personifies the ideal of the soldier-statesman, serving the / President and the Nation with personal integrity, political judgment, and military / skill. As the architect and manager of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, / he oversaw the vindication of principle, the defense of Saudi Arabia, and the liberation / of Kuwait. The United States honors this professional servant of peace and freedom. / The White House / Washington, D.C., July 3, 1991]. The certificate is signed by President George H. W. Bush and there are no markings on the reverse side.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Government  Search this
Men  Search this
Military  Search this
Persian Gulf War, 1991  Search this
Politics  Search this
U.S. History, 1969-2001  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Alma J. Powell
Object number:
A2022.101.1.5.2
Restrictions & Rights:
No known copyright restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Awards and Medals
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5e78070dc-ee3c-48f3-ba28-de7a6b473724
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_A2022.101.1.5.2