The liberty cap, sometimes called a Phrygian cap, signified freedom and the pursuit of liberty in ancient Rome. It was commonly worn by emancipated slaves as a symbol of their freedom.
Since that time, the symbol of the cap has been adopted by the pre-revolutionary Sons of Liberty, soldiers during the American Revolution, and is found on the seal of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Senate, and on several state flags and seals. Several coins and paper currencies have also had illustrations of the liberty cap.
Each year, The Libertas Institute presents the Liberty Cap Award to an individual—a legislator, political activist, business leader, community volunteer, or other public figure—whose efforts have furthered the Institute’s objectives in a recognizable and significant fashion.
- 2015: Christine Stenquist, for her civil disobedience and patient advocacy to support medical freedom
- 2014: Hope 4 Children With Epilepsy, for their work in educating the legislature about the benefits of medical cannabis
- 2013: John Dougall, State Auditor and former legislator, for his work to increase government transparency and accountability
How to Nominate
Do you feel that somebody deserves this award? Please complete the form below: