UNITED STATES PRESIDENTIAL MEMORABILIA, LOT OF FOUR, comprising a patinated plaster bust of John F. Kennedy after Robert Berks (1922-2011) with plaque for the 65th Anniversary Convention, I.L.G.W.U., Miami Beach, May 1965, a patinated plaster bust of Lyndon B. Johnson after Jimilu Mason (20th C.) dated 1966, a bronze Johnson medallion dated 1963, and a 1964 Kennedy silver half dollar encased in Lucite. 1963-1964. 8 3/4" and 9" H.
Kennedy bust with scattered flakes, Johnson bust with loss to one ear, others excellent.
Provenance: Property from the Estate of Nicholas de Belleville Katzenbach, Princeton, NJ.
Catalogue Note: Nicholas de Belleville Katzenbach served as Attorney General and Under Secretary of State in the Johnson administration. He was best known for being a primary participant in one of the most famous incidents of the Civil Rights struggle. On June 11, 1963, Deputy Attorney General Katzenbach accompanied by federal marshals and the Alabama National Guard confronted Alabama Governor George Wallace in front of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama during Wallace's infamous "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door", an effort to stop desegregation of that institution. Under direct orders from President John F. Kennedy, Katzenbach and the National Guard forced Wallace to step aside and allow two African-American students to register for classes at the University.