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Nuclear arms protester's mask, 1985Nuclear arms protester's mask, 1985

This mask was made and worn by sixteen-year-old Justin Martino for the Peace Ribbon March on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., a 1985 demonstration for nuclear disarmament and world peace. Decorated with peace signs and a nuclear warhead that has missed its target, the mask symbolized Martino's belief that "the arms race has no end except the end of life." As a teenager concerned about the proliferation of nuclear weapons, Martino participated in several protests during the 1980s. After the Pentagon march, he and his father offered this mask to the Smithsonian to represent a young activist's perspective.

See also: Children, Political Protest

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