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"Riot penny" charred during the 1921 Tulsa race riot

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Manufactured by
United States Mint, American, founded 1792
Owned by
Monroe, George, American, 1916 - 2001
copper alloy
Diameter: 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
3/4 x 3/4 x 1/16 in. (1.9 x 1.9 x 0.2 cm)
Place collected
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, North and Central America
A charred penny from the Tulsa riot in 1921. The penny is black, dark gray, red and brown. The embossing on the front of the penny is still visible. The word "Liberty" is on the left side next to a portrait of President Abraham Lincoln in profile. "1915" appears next to Lincoln on the right side. The back side of the coin is melted with only the word "ONE" visible.
African American
Race discrimination
United States--History--1919-1933
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Scott Ellsworth
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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Power of Place
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 051
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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