Lorenzo Dow Turner's Academic Regalia

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mid 20th Century
cotton velvet, synthetic fabric/trim, ribbon, plastic buttons, fabric-covered button, metallic tassel, plastic label, metallic rivets, thread
Motarboard: 5 1/8 × 13 3/4 × 9 7/16 in. (13 × 35 × 24 cm)
Hood: 49 7/16 × 27 3/16 in. (125.5 × 69 cm)
This graduation set consists of a robe, mortarboard, and hood. It speaks to the academic accomplishments of noted African American linguist Dr. Lorenzo Dow Turner, who graduated from Howard University with an AB (Artium Baccalaureus or Bachelor’s Degree) in 1914. He received an AM (Artium Magister or Master’s Degree) and PhD from the University of Chicago in 1917 and 1926, respectively.
The gold tassel in the mortarboard indicates that Dr. Turner graduated cum laude from Howard University. The dark blue velvet trim of the hood and the three diagonal dark blue stripes on the sleeves indicate that he obtained a Ph.D. The maroon lining satin of the hood indicates the University of Chicago as his alma mater, where he received his doctoral degree.
Dr. Turner had a distinguished and long academic career. He taught in Howard University’s English Department from 1917 to 1928, then moved to Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, where he also taught in the English Department from 1929 to 1946. Dr. Turner’s last academic appointment was in the English Department at Roosevelt College (later Roosevelt University), Chicago, Illinois, from 1946 to 1970. He also taught African Studies at Roosevelt College, and spent his last two years of life there as Professor Emeritus.
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