New in the collection: Freedom Fighters hand fan

Fan with images of Martin Luther King Jr, John F. Kennedy, and Robert Kennedy

Verso of fan with words "Franklin Funeral Home" and "Franklin, N.C."

The Kennedys and Martin Luther King have long been an iconographic trio, not only visually but also musically (with Lincoln). Sometimes Dr. King had the fan all to himself.

Distributed by Franklin Funeral Home in Franklinton.

New in the collection: Martin Luther King hand fan













This humble, well-used cardboard hand fan combines three key elements of black history in North Carolina:

— Dr. King.

North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance, the state’s preeminent black business.

— The typically un-air-conditioned churches that accommodated not only worship services but also civil rights meetings.