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This auction starts September 23rd at 10am PST and ends September 27th at 10am PST.
Black Americans made this stone in the late 1800s. ‘Leland Blue’, this beautiful, translucent, denim blue stone, is the slag that was leftover from the iron smelting in Michigan, and now, 120 years later, is found on the shorelines of Lake Michigan. On August 28th, 1963, 250,000 people, the majority Black Americans, made their way to Washington DC to protest the inequality of jobs, and the poverty and abuses of systemic racism in America, in what was called the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”. The journey to get there was difficult and laden with fear, considering the violent confrontations towards the Civil Rights Movement. This piece raises up the Leland Blue, suspended in bronze, to rise above and show all of it’s beautiful colours. It is surrounded by 55 handmade sterling silver beads, stamped with the initials of the Big Six organizers and two of the most influential women Civil Rights leaders. The rest of the beads are stamped with straight lines that represent the legions of marchers on that historic day. The handmade clasp is stamped with the date. This heavy yet comfortable necklace measures 20 inches long and has 93 grams (4 oz) of sterling silver. JOBS. FREEDOM. EQUALITY. CHANGE. MARCH. “No one is free until we ALL are free.” Martin Luther King, Jr.