1940s Tuskeegee Institute Safari-style Jacket

October 31, 2014 | Categories: news

This belted cotton-whipcord jacket features bellowed pockets, large bakelite buttons, and bold, powerful chain-stitched artwork. More importantly, it is a relic of the Tuskeegee Institute of Alabama, an African-American university both famous for its celebrated fighter-pilots of WWII and infamous for its horrific, criminal, racially-biased experiments concerning the effects of syphilis (1932-1972.) If nothing else, this garment stands as a tangible, sober reminder of America’s checkered past.

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