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Museum of American Finance Opens New Exhibit: “For the Love of Money: Blacks on US Currency”

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In honor of Black History Month, the Museum of American Finance has opened “For the Love of Money: Blacks on US Currency,” a traveling exhibit on loan from the Museum of UnCut Funk.

To be featured on currency is among the nation’s highest honors. The Treasury’s latest redesign – which will feature Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill beginning in 2020 – will acknowledge for the first time on paper money the contributions of Black and women’s rights activists in advancing American democracy. There is a longer tradition of honoring such leaders through the creation of commemorative coins, medals and medallions. Through legislation, Congress has chosen to honor on US commemorative currency Black icons, seminal historic events and institutions which have significantly influenced American and Black history.

“For the Love of Money” honors barrier breaking Black athletes, entertainers, civil rights leaders, military leaders and politicians, and it features the historic contributions of several prominent Black women. The exhibit showcases more than 40 anti-slavery tokens, commemorative coins, concept coins, commemorative bronze medals, Presidential bronze medals and commemorative medallions representing American and Black history milestones that have contributed to the betterment of the United States. Additional coins and medals will be added to the exhibit as they are released in 2017.

More information can be found at www.moaf.org/fortheloveofmoney. This exhibit will be on view through January 2018.

About the Museum of American Finance

The Museum of American Finance, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is the nation’s only independent museum dedicated to finance, entrepreneurship and the open market system. With its extensive collection of financial documents and objects, its seminars and educational programming, its publication and oral history program, the Museum portrays the breadth and richness of American financial experience, achievement and practices. The Museum is located at 48 Wall Street.For more information, visit www.moaf.org or connect with the Museum on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @FinanceMuseum.

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About the Museum of UnCut Funk

Pamela Thomas and Loreen Williamson are co-curators and owners of the Museum of UnCut Funk, the internet's first virtual museum dedicated to the preservation and celebration of 1970s black culture and all things funky. Drawing from Thomas' and Williamson's own personal collections, the Museum provides enthusiasts with a unique and exciting view of art and artifacts from this exciting period in American life. One of the museum's holdings is a collection of U.S. coins and medals depicting African-American subjects, such as Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, and Marian Anderson.
 


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