Roller derby skates worn by Nicole Williams (aka Bonnie Thunders)

Roller derby skates worn by Nicole Williams (aka Bonnie Thunders)

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Description (Brief)
Roller derby skates worn by Nicole Williams (aka Bonnie Thunders) while Captain of the 5 time Women's Flat Track Derby Association Champion's Gotham Girls Roller Derby. These are signature series skates featuring the lightning bolt worn by Bonnie Thunders. Gotham Girls Roller Derby is one of the founding teams of this modern era league established in 2003 and was the first skater-operated team in the New York City area. They have won five of the first six Women's Flat Track Derby Association championships.
Modern roller derby began in 2001 after four teams were formed and founded under the Bad Girls Good Women Productions name. In 2002, the Texas Rollergirls were formed from 65 members of the first BGGW teams after a disagreement over management practices caused a permanent split. BGGW took the remaining 15 skaters and became the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls forming a banked track league. The flat track derby uses a not-for-profit organizational model with skaters running the leagues and using their own money to buy rink time, produce tournaments, print programs and putting any money earned back into the organization.
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Object Name
skates, roller derby
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
urethane (overall material)
nylon (overall material)
overall: 7 in x 4 1/2 in x 10 1/4 in; 17.78 cm x 11.43 cm x 26.035 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Roller Derby
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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