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Object Name Fan, Fixed
Title Three Great Leaders
Common Name Fan, Hand
Catalog Number 1998.86.13
Creator A. Scheer
Maker Shaw-Barton, Inc.
Date ca. 1965
Material(s) Paper/Wood/Metal
Dimensions H-12.25 W-7.5 inches
Description This hand held fan is made from a thin piece of cardstock which has been affixed to a thin, wooden handle with two metal staples. The cardstock has rounded corners and the top is slightly wider than the bottom. Both sides of the fan have a green, palm leaf design which appears as radiating triangles of light green ink from a central stem at the bottom, center of the fan. In the top left corner of the front of the fan are stacked words which read "Three / Great / Leaders" with a tiny number "8519" underneath. Centered on the front of the fan are three ovals with drawings of three men: Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, and Joseph Clark. The top right oval features Washington and has his name and date printed to the right of the frame: "Booker T. Washington / 1856-1915." The bottom left image is of Carver and his information is printed below his frame: "George Washington Carver / 1864-1943." The bottom right image is of Clark and his information is also printed below the frame: "Joseph Samuel Clark / 1871-1944." Centered below these images is more black text which reads "Smith and Smith Funeral Home / John W. Smith & Horace R. Smith, Owners / 340 E. Third Street / Lexington, Kentucky / Office Phone 3-2868 - Residence Phone 2-6307." The back of the fan has this same block of text, centered, and printed under a quotation in a decorative frame. At the bottom right of the frame is an open book which says "Holy Bible" and has a small number "107" printed under it. Inside the frame is the quote "If God be for us, who / can be against us? / Romans 8:31." In tiny script under this are the words "© 1957 A. Scheer."
Notes Booker Taliaferro Washington was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to several Republican presidents. He was the dominant leader in the African-American community in the United States from 1890 to 1915 and a representative of the last generation of black American leaders born in slavery.

George Washington Carver was an American scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor. Carver is known for his research into and promotion of alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes. He is also famous for his help in the development and promotion of over 100 products made from peanuts that were useful for the house and farm such as cosmetics and dyes. His work aimed at bettering the lives of poor, rural famers in the Jim Crow South. He received many honors for his work, including the Spingarn Medal of the NAACP.

Dr. Joseph Samuel Clark was the first president of Southern University in Baton Rouge. Born in Bienville Parish, LA in 1871, Dr. Clark studied at Coleman, Bishop and Leland Colleges. Before becoming president of Southern, Dr. Clark presided over Baton Rouge College and the Louisiana Colored Teachers Association.

Collection Dr. Wade Hall Collection
People Washington, Booker T.
Carver, George Washington
Clark, Joseph Samuel
Subjects African Americans
Civil rights
Civil rights leaders
Fans (Accessories)
Funeral homes
Universities & colleges
University presidents
Search Terms Advertisements
African Americans
Fan, Hand
Funeral home
Lexington (Ky.)
Southern University
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS