'For the Love of Money' exhibited at LR Central High Nat'l Historic Site

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site will be hosting the exhibit For the Love of Money between now and September 30th.  For the Love of Money celebrates the Black icons, seminal historic events and institutions whose significant contributions to American and Black history have been recognized through commemoration on United States currency in the form of commemorative coins and medals. 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Sept. 1, 2016) -- The pioneering icons featured on United States commemorative currency represent several American and Black History firsts. Including Marian Anderson who became the first Black person and Black woman awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress and subsequently featured on a replica commemorative bronze medal in 1978.

Joe Louis who became the first Black man and Black athlete awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress and subsequently featured on a replica commemorative bronze medal in 1982 and Roy Wilkins who became the first Black civil rights leader awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress and subsequently featured on a replica commemorative bronze medal.

A Congressional Gold Medal is an award bestowed by the United States Congress through legislation, or Public Law, that is signed by the President of the United States. Congressional Gold Medals are produced by the United States Mint. The Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom are the two highest civilian awards that can be bestowed by the United States government. The Congressional Gold Medal is awarded to persons "who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized as a major achievement in the recipient's field long after the achievement."

For The Love Of Money delivers a unique and engaging Black history experience through the presentation of 37 commemorative coins, medals, medallions, concept coins and anti-slavery tokens from the Museum Of UnCut Funk Collection that showcase 36 Black history icons, 8 seminal events and 6 iconic institutions. 


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