On View
Segregation Gallery
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
Created by
mid 20th century
cast iron
10 3/4 x 5 5/8 x 3 in. (27.3 x 14.3 x 7.6 cm)
Bank in the form of a caricatured man standing with his hands on his hips. The figure is wearing a hat, collared shirt, suspenders, and pants. Raised lettering on the front of his pants reads [GIVE ME / A / PENNY]. He is made of black cast iron, with red tinted lips, suspenders, and lettering. Toes are defined on the proper right foot, but not on the proper left. A rectangular slot for inserting coins is located in the figure's upper back.
Objects depicting racist and/or stereotypical imagery or language may be offensive and disturbing, but the NMAAHC aims to include them in the Collection to present and preserve the historical context in which they were created and used. Objects of this type provide an important historical record from which to study and evaluate racism.
Collection title
Collection of James M. Caselli and Jonathan Mark Scharer
Furnishings, Housewares, and Décor
Racist and Stereotypical Objects
mechanical banks
Caricature and cartoons
Domestic life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Collection of James M. Caselli and Jonathan Mark Scharer
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.

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