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Political button

Object Number: 
2008.39.18
Medium: 
Metal and plastic
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Description: 
"Oh Mercy!/Do We Need/Percy," red on yellow
Gallery Label: 
Probably refers to Percy E. Sutton (1920-), Harlem political leader, civil rights activist and lawyer who served as Borough President on Manhattan, 1966-1977. In 1977 he was defeated by Ed Koch in the race for Democratic nomination for Mayor.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Roberta Gratz
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group