"Riot penny" charred during the 1921 Tulsa race riot

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Created by
United States Mint, American, founded 1792
Owned by
Monroe, George, American, 1916 - 2001
Medium
copper alloy
Dimensions
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)
Type
coins
Place collected
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, North and Central America
Date
1909-1921
Description
A charred penny from the Tulsa riot in 1921. The penny is red and brown. The front of the penny is melted with only the word "Liberty" visible. Some embossing on the back side of the coin is still visible the words "ONE / CENT / UNITED STATES / OF AMERICA" still readable at center. Wheat is on either side of the embossed words.
Topic
African American
Communities
Race discrimination
United States--History--1919-1933
Violence
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Scott Ellsworth
Object number
2012.96.3
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Exhibition
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