"Riot penny" charred during the 1921 Tulsa race riot

Created by
United States Mint, American, founded 1792
Owned by
Monroe, George, American, 1916 - 2001
Date
1909-1921
On View
Concourse 2, C 2053
Museum MapsObjects in this Location
Exhibition
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
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)
Description
A charred penny from the Tulsa riot in 1921. The penny is black. The embossing on the front of the penny is no longer visible. The back side of the coin is melted with only the words "ONE / CENT / UNITED" visible.
Place collected
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Coins and Currency
Type
coins
Topic
Communities
Race discrimination
Race riots
U.S. History, 1919-1933
Violence
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Scott Ellsworth
Object number
2012.96.5
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd522ee7c71-053e-4260-b6ca-220b08a80d74
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