22.5 x 26 in. satin banner (some crosses losing their adhesive). Provenance: Dr. Fred Strickland (related by consignor), a collector of Black history, a supporter of Jesse Jackson, and a Democratic delegate in the mid-1980s. (The Des Moines Register. 20 Feb. 1985, p. 84).
A banner in the pan-African colors of red, green, and yellow, featuring 28 affixed crosses on a black field. An embroidered inscription reads: "In Memoriam, created by Louis Udell Guthrie, Please God, stop these American Barbarians!" Not much is known of Louis Udell Guthrie, though he did write to President Truman in 1951 regarding "the Negro and the Korean War." (Truman Library, Philleo Nash Papers, Box 72). The text and imagery suggest that the banner is an anti-war declaration, particularly focusing on the deaths of African Americans.
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