Authorized by Public Law 110-260, this medal is a bronze duplicate of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Senator Edward William Brooke III in recognition of his unprecedented and enduring service to our Nation. Brooke was the first African-American elected by popular vote to the United States Senate and served with distinction for two terms from January 3, 1967, to January 3, 1979.
The obverse, designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart, features an image of Brooke with the inscription EDWARD WILLIAM BROOKE on the right side.
The reverse depicts the United Sates Capitol Building at the top of the medal and the Massachusetts State House at the bottom between two olive branches. The center of the design showcases the inscription AMERICA’S GREATNESS LIES IN ITS WONDROUS DIVERSITY, OUR MAGNIFICENT PLURALISM HAS MADE THIS COUNTRY GREAT, OUR EVER-WIDENING DIVERSITY WILL KEEP US GREAT. Additional inscriptions are ACT OF CONGRESS 2008, and MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE. It was designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
|Design:||Obverse – Don Everhart|
Reverse – Phebe Hemphill
|Struck Under Authority of:||Public Law 110-260|
|Place Minted:||Philadelphia Mint (no mint mark)|
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