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Pinback Button, Harold Washington Mayoral Campaign

Object Details

Date
1983
Medium
metal, plastic, paper
Dimensions
1/4 × 2 3/16 in. (0.7 × 5.5 cm)
Cite As
Ethel Lois Payne Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Gift of Avis R. Johnson.
Caption
This pinback button endorses Harold Washington’s bid to become Chicago’s mayor in 1983. Hailing from the city’s predominantly African American South Side, Washington won the Democratic primary in October 1982 and made history when he was elected the first African American mayor of Chicago in April 1983. The blue-and-white button belonged to journalist Ethel L. Payne (1911-1991). The Chicago native moved to Washington, DC in 1952 to cover national and international news for the preeminent African American newspaper, The Chicago Defender. She followed Washington’s mayoral campaign closely and collected pins that told the story: from grassroots campaign (1991.0076.0144) to victorious celebration (1991.0076.0172) to inauguration day (1991.0076.0170). A lifelong civil rights activist, Payne reported from thirty countries over the course of her own pioneering career, becoming known as the First Lady of the Black Press.
Accession Number
1991.0076.0160
Type
button
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Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl8a661729b-389d-48b4-af9f-36738641b060
Record ID
acm_1991.0076.0160
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