Metalsmiths for Change

Carolyn Boley - @sweetmoonjewelry

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  • Regular price $225.00

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This auction starts October 1st at 10am PST and ends October 4th at 10am PST.

This auction takes place on Instagram @metalsmithsforchange.


Item description:

Made in honor of Marsha P. Johnson, a gender non-conforming Black artist, performer, and activist in New York. Black matte onyx fist set in sterling silver, with cast sterling crown and stars. Measures 1.75 x 1.15 x 0.3 inches. Comes on an adjustable 18” chain. Born Malcolm Michaels Jr. on August 24, 1945, Marsha first began wearing dresses at age five, and left home for New York at the age of 17. Her drag name comes from the Howard Johnson's restaurant. She often said that the P stood for "pay it no mind" and used the phrase sarcastically when questioned about gender, saying "it stands for pay it no mind.” Marsha was a force in the Stonewall Uprising, the Gay Liberation Front Drag Queen Caucus, co-founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), and was a respected organizer for the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP). Shortly after the 1992 pride parade, Johnson's body was discovered floating in the Hudson River. Police ruled the death a suicide, but Johnson's friends and community insisted otherwise. In December 2002, a police investigation resulted in reclassification of Johnson's cause of death from "suicide" to "undetermined.” Marsha asked, “How many years does it take for people to see that we're all brothers and sisters and human beings in the human race? I mean how many years does it take for people to see that we're all in this rat race together.