John F Kennedy - Black Cloth Embedded blank

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Embedded blanks with black fabric used to drape the White House's East Room during the funeral of President John F. Kennedy.


All blanks will come with one COA per blank. 
COAs are 4" x 6" card stock with foil COA seal.


This piece of black cambric fabric was used to drape the East Room of the White House in preparation for the State Funeral of President John F. Kennedy. The decor was intended to replicate the look of Abraham Lincoln's funeral. 

According to the oral history of Mr. Lawrence J. Arata, after leaving the White House at 9:00PM on November 22, 1963, he was immediately summoned to return. He was asked by Sargent Shriver if he had any black cloth, as Mrs. Kennedy wanted the East Room draped in black. He had a roll of "black cambric" that he used to finish the bottom of chairs. He noted that many people thought it was black silk, but they are incorrect. He and his wife worked until 4:30 in the morning to complete the desired decorations, matching what had been done for the funeral of Abraham Lincoln. They finished in time for the arrival of John Kennedy's coffin. 

This handmade item is embedded using a swatch of black cambric fabric used to drape the East Room of the White House in preparation for the funeral of President John F. Kennedy. According to the oral history of Mr. Lawrence J. Arata, after leaving the White House at 9:00PM on November 22, 1963, he was immediately summoned to return. Mrs. Kennedy wanted the East Room draped in black cloth. He had a roll of "black cambric" that he used to finish the bottom of chairs. He noted that many people thought it was black silk, but they are incorrect. Matching what had been done for the funeral of President Abraham Lincoln, he worked until 4:30 in the morning to complete the desired decorations in time for the arrival of John Kennedy's coffin. This material is certified and distributed by Hardin Penworks, LLC.


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