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Pinback Button, Alphonso Jackson Mayoral Campaign

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Late 20th century
metal, paper, plastic
1/4 × 2 3/16 in. (0.6 × 5.5 cm)
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Ethel Lois Payne Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Gift of Avis R. Johnson.
This pinback button hails from Alphonso Jackson’s mayoral campaign. In white letters against a red background, smaller text advocates “Let’s Work Together.” Even tinier text at the button’s bottom confirms its union manufacture, a sought-after endorsement for many candidates. The round button belonged to journalist Ethel L. Payne, (1911-1991), who moved from Chicago to Washington, DC in 1952 to cover national and international news for the preeminent African American newspaper, The Chicago Defender. Known as The First Lady of the Black Press, Payne collected political buttons throughout her pioneering career.
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