Manhattan Exhibit Highlights Black Americans on US Currency

February 22, 2017

By Roger Clark, New York 1

Money makes the world go round - and so do the heroes immortalized with portraits on US currency.

Just in time for Black History Month, the Museum of American Finance is hosting "For the Love of Money", an exhibit highlighting black Americans who have been featured on tokens, coins, medals and medallions.

The historic materials are on loan from the Museum of Uncut Funk.

Jackie Robinson, George Washington Carver, and Louis Armstrong are just some of the names on display from pieces over the last 200 years.

"We started looking into this and realized that there was a collection of coins that feature black Americans, and that most people probably don't know that they're on these coins. So it's a terrific collection and we're very happy to be hosting the show," said Kristin Aguilera, Deputy Director at Museum of American Finance.

Starting in 2020, anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman will be featured on the front of a newly designed $20 bill.

New $5 and $10 bills will also feature Sojourner Truth, Martin Luther King, and Marian Anderson.

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