Handheld Church Fan, 1970s

Description
This fan from Knoxville, Tennessee, is dated to the 1970s. It depicts an image of Martin Luther King Jr., John Kennedy, and Robert Kennedy on one side, titled "Freedom Fighters," and an advertisement for Reed’s Mortuary on the other. Handheld fans were often used in churches across America, particularly southern Protestant congregations. Church fans often included depictions of religious or famous figures of the past and present on the front, and information from local businesses on the back. They were at once devotional objects, connections between churches and social movements such and civil rights, and an effective advertising medium. The fans were usually made with paper, cardboard, wood, and ink.
Date made
1970
depicted
Kennedy, Robert F.
King, Jr., Martin Luther
Kennedy, John F.
place made
United States: Tennessee, Knoxville
Measurements
overall: 12 1/8 in x 7 1/2 in x 1/8 in; 30.7975 cm x 19.05 cm x .3175 cm
ID Number
CL.306787.33B
catalog number
306787.33B
accession number
306787
subject
Protestantism, Revivalism
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Home and Community Life: Religion
Religion
Many Voices, One Nation
Exhibition
Many Voices, One Nation
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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