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Tier 3

Clothing and Accessories ➔ Sweatshirt, Rosa Parks

Oversized pink cotton hooded sweatshirt. Applied on the back is the face of Rosa Parks made of different colors of hand-cut and hand-sewn leather and a collage of other different images of Parks printed onto leather. The garment was created and designed by local artist, Reginald James. James is known for his modern creative shirt designs of significant historic figures. The Grand Rapids Public Museum has a collection of other sweatshirts he's designed representing President Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela.  

December 1, 2020, will mark the 65th anniversary of Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger. This sweatshirt, by a Grand Rapids artist, commemorates her courageous work as an American activist in the civil rights movement. 
Cotton, Leather
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Museum Purchase
Reginald James
Reginald James is an artist and designer from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the owner of RegJames Klothing company and is a sewing and design instructor in Grand Rapids. 
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