THE BLACK STATUE OF LIBERTY

LAPEL PIN

In Collaboration with Black & Belonging 
Available in LIMITED QUANTITY
100% of Donations go to the Building of the FSC's North Carolina Lynching Memorial
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HOW TO RECIEVE A PIN

1)    Click "Give To This Fund."
2)    Donate at least $10 and add to cart.
3)    While checking out, make sure to include your name, email, and phone number.
4) The FSC will ship the pin to your payment's billing address. 
If you'd like your pin shipped to a different address, email freedomstrugglecommittee@gmail.com.
5)   If you'd like to receive more than one pin, email
freedomstrugglecommittee@gmail.com.
Due to COVID-19 delays, your pin should arrive in 2-3 weeks from the order date.
 

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS PIN?

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The patina color is infamous for being the color of the actual Statue of Liberty - we used the same color to contrast the rest of the image with the Statue of Liberty.
Lanterns were a prominent symbol of the underground railroad. Furthermore, the image of a lantern represents the oppressive Lantern Laws that were passed in the 18th century. 
Adorning the statue's hair is an image of a crown, which represents empowerment of Black culture and people. Culturally, church hats and crowns became a strong symbol of the ability to triumph over hardships. 
In our image, the scroll is completely blank, representing our power to rewrite history and teach it as it is. The history of lynchings must be taught, and we need to advocate for the right narrative.
While acknowledging the chains that held Black and Brown people in the past, we turn to the future of this strength, working hard to not be defined by these chains.
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The African American flag was created in 1990 by David Hammons and combined the colors of the Pan-African flag with the pattern of the American flag. This flag serves the purpose of representing African American identity.
The text here emphasizes our final message - we need to re-educate and teach the right narrative of history. As you buy this pin, we urge you to think about your own perceptions of Black history and dig deep to find the truth.

WHAT IS THE FREEDOM STRUGGLE COMMITTEE?

Our nation has a history of genocide fueled by white supremacy. Lynchings were racially motivated killings that were often observed by hundreds of people of all ages. Over 120 known lynchings were reported in North Carolina from 1860 to 1950 in letters, newspapers, and postcards. These events were sanctioned by the government and endorsed by the community. 
We are a group of high school students who are committed to developing a permanent public acknowledgment to the many victims of lynching in the state of North Carolina. Since 2016, we have been working with community leaders and local government officials to make our vision a reality. What began as a class project has turned into a commitment to recognizing the truths about our state’s history. 
Physical monuments have the power to shape collective memory. We created this project so we, as a city, county, and state, will know the truth about our nation’s history. We will continue to learn from our history in order to promote truth and reconciliation of our past and build a better future.

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