Oklahoma Federation of Colored Women Banners
As the Winter American History auction approaches, Cowan's is thrilled with the addition of many exceptional lots.
One of these great lots is two Oklahoma Federation of Colored Women banners, one dated 1910. The banners are purple silk with silk fringe, and feature hand-painted gold lettering promoting the Oklahoma Federation of Colored Women / 1910. The other banner depicts the motto Lifting as We Climb.
Both banners were inspected by a member of the Oklahoma Historical Society and determined authentic. They were first discovered in a Muskogee, OK home.
The group, formed in 1910, was initially called the Oklahoma Federation of Negro Women's Clubs but was changed to the Oklahoma Federation of Colored Women in 1924. The group worked to change the lives of its members and the African American population in general. Through issues like women's suffrage and Civil Rights, the group had a great influence on the community.
Their motto, Lifting as We Climb, was adopted by the National Association of Colored Women (NACW). The group formed from the joining of the National League of Colored Women and the National Federation of African American Women. The NACW brought attention to the problems of the African American community and worked for better conditions for its members.
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