"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
1919
Description
A charred penny from the Tulsa riot in 1921. The penny is 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. "1919" appears next to Lincoln on the right side. The back side of the coin is completely melted and nothing is visible.
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
2012.96.4
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

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