The first design in the Smithsonian collection is the Corona twist-top rollerball pen. The deeply etched barrel is reminiscent of the ornamental bronze-colored metal lattice that covers the outside of the National Museum of African American History and Culture building in Washington D.C.. Lead designer David Adjaye pays homage to the intricate ironwork crafted by enslaved African Americans in Louisiana, South Carolina, and elsewhere using this design.
Each rollerball pen is numbered on the top ring. It ships in a commemorative Smithsonian NMAAHC tube. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this pen will support and further the Museum’s educational mission.