852: Rare – Barack Hussein Obama ’91

The chief mission of the Special Collections Department is to acquire, catalog, and preserve primary research materials in legal history, and to make them available to scholars. Additionally we collect items relating to the history of Harvard Law School and its role in the development and history of legal education including images and artifacts documenting the Law School’s faculty, alumni, staff, and students.

No graduate of Harvard Law School is more visible today than our nation’s new president, Barack Hussein Obama.

Special Collections Department Accession 2008.40

In describing her 39.25 x 33″ tapestry, the artist DeBorah Amoafo Yeboah wrote, “the red-white-blue (America Flag) multi-patterns of the fabric represent the freedom that we all share and the Kente design represents the diversity that America embraces”. Ms. Yeboah presented her art impression to the Harvard Law School for “its involvement in the education of the first African American President of the United States”.

Post contributed by:
Mindy Spitzer Johnston
Curator of Digital and Visual Resources

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