Media Advisory: José Feliciano To Perform National Anthem Marking 50 Years After 1968 Performance at World Series During Smithsonian Naturalization Ceremony

WHAT:     Grammy Award-winning artist José Feliciano will donate objects reflecting his international career to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History during a naturalization ceremony in partnership with U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Services for 20 candidates for American citizenship from 17 countries.
WHEN:     Thursday, June 14
                   11 a.m.
                   Note: Camera set-up will begin at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE:   Flag Hall
                    National Museum of American History
                    National Mall entrance, between 12th and 14th streets N.W.
WHO:        David J. Skorton, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
                    José Feliciano, donor, musician
                   Tracy Renaud, acting deputy director, USCIS
                   Susan Fruchter, interim director, National Museum of American History
The National Museum of American History will receive a donation from José Feliciano, the Grammy Award-winning musician famous for songs such as “Light My Fire” and “Feliz Navidad.” Feliciano will make the keynote address during a ceremony in which 20 candidates for citizenship will take their Oaths of Allegiance and receive their American citizenship. The naturalization ceremony is in partnership with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The ceremony will conclude with Feliciano’s rendition of the national anthem. His personalized, slow, Latin jazz performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” during the 1968 World Series drew attention – positive and negative. Among the items Feliciano will donate is the guitar built for him in 1967 on which he performed the anthem Oct. 7, 1968, at Detroit’s Tiger Stadium. The National Museum of American History is home to the Star-Spangled Banner, the actual flag Francis Scott Key saw flying over Baltimore’s Fort McHenry in 1814 when he penned the words that would become the national anthem.
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Melinda Machado
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Juliane Kim
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