Item RNT-ob-0026 - Prince Selassie Medallion

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Prince Selassie Medallion

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  • Object

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  • June 1951 (Creation)

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1 wood plaque enclosed with plexi-glass; 15cm x 13.7cm x 8cm

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Thompson assisted in the organization of the Ethiopian Flying Club with Prince Makonnen as President and Thompson as manager. Prince Makonnen was the first Ethiopian to win his wings to be a pilot.

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Object is a gold-coloured medallion set in wood between two pieces of plastic/plexiglass. The medallion displays a crest and a bust along with Ethiopian lettering. The card inside reads "Presented to R.N. Thompson by Prince Makonnen Hailie Slassie Duke of Harrar June 1951".

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Object is scratched and the plastic is cracked

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Robert N. Thompson


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  • Amharic

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Preferred citation Trinity Western University Archives and Special Collections, Robert N. Thompson fonds, RNT-ob-0026.

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See also RNT-SF3 – Military Years/Ethiopia.

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Prince Makonnen Haile Selassie (1924-1957), Duke of Harar was the second son, and second-youngest child, of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and Empress Menen Asfaw.

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During the Second World War, Thompson served with the Canadian Air Force and later with the Ethiopian Air Force. Thompson and family, remained in Ethiopia, Africa after the war for 15 years, where he served the Ethiopian government under Emperor Haile Selassie for seven years as High School Headmaster, Superintendent of Schools, and Director of Education, and as Advisor in Foreign Affairs. In 1952, Thompson became chair of the Education Committee for East Africa under the Sudan Interior Mission.

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Nov 27, 2019 HV; updated January 2023, tk

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  • Box: B 47 S 1 Box 6