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By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 19, 2019

This men's kufi cap, manufactured by Batakali Fashion Design of New Hope, was acquired at the 1990 Juneteenth celebration in Minneapolis.  Juneteenth is the holiday commemorating the abolition of slavery in the United States as announced on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas.The cap features geometric line patterns printed in colors symbolic of Pan-Africanism: orange yellow, reddish orange, green, and black.