Brass knuckles from the Island of Ponape

[LBJ Library photo by Ruth Goerger]

This week's artifact is a weapon -- a set of “brass knuckles” (1973.6057.1) made of hardwood and inset with 18 shark teeth. This type of weapon was once used by residents of the Island of Ponape, a former U.S. Territory. Ponape is now known as Pohnpei, a state in the Federated States of Micronesia, established in 1979. It was given to President Johnson in 1968 by the Honorable Bill Daniel, governor of Guam.

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Lyndon Baines Johnson Elementary School in Guam was established in 1974 and serves kindergarten and first grade students in the areas of Tamuning and Tumon. It is one of the twenty-six elementary schools in the Guam Department of Education serving 300 students of a diverse ethnic background. Other schools in Guam named after U.S. Presidents include Harry S. Truman Elementary School, George Washington High School, and John F. Kennedy High School.

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