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Museum of American Finance to Open New Exhibit: “For the Love of Money: Blacks on US Currency”

This Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King Bronze Medal is one of more than 40 coins, medals and medallions featured in "For the Love of Money: Blacks on US Currency" at the Museum of American Finance. Multimedia Gallery URL


In honor of Black History Month, the Museum of American Finance will open “For the Love of Money: Blacks on US Currency,” a traveling exhibit on loan from the Museum of UnCut Funk.

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WHAT: Members of the press are invited to attend a press conference to open “For the Love of Money,” an exhibit featuring the historic contributions of prominent Black men and women showcased on more than 40 commemorative coins, medals and medallions, and the legislation that brought them to bear. The exhibit honors barrier-breaking Black athletes, entertainers, civil rights leaders, military leaders and politicians and represents American and Black history milestones that have contributed to the betterment of the United States, from 18th century anti-slavery tokens through the latest Presidential bronze medals honoring Barack Obama.

WHO: “For the Love of Money” was curated by the Museum of UnCut Funk and will be on view at the Museum of American Finance, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The opening press conference will feature remarks by Loreen Williamson, Co-Curator of the Museum of UnCut Funk, and Maura Ferguson, Director of Exhibits at the Museum of American Finance.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 22, from 10-11 am. The exhibit will remain open following the press conference.

WHERE: Museum of American Finance, 48 Wall Street (corner of William Street), NYC

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Following the press conference, the exhibit will be open for viewing, photography and filming. Curators will be on hand to answer questions. Continental breakfast will be served. For media access to this event, please contact Kristin Aguilera at kaguilera@moaf.org. More information can be found at www.moaf.org/fortheloveofmoney. This exhibit will be on view through January 2018.

About the Museum of American Finance

The Museum of American Finance, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is the nation’s only independent museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and teaching about American finance and financial history. With its extensive collection of financial documents and objects, its seminars and educational programming, its publication and oral history program, the Museum portrays the breadth and richness of American financial history, achievement and practices. The Museum is located at 48 Wall Street, on the corner of William Street, and is open Tues–Sat, 10 am – 4 pm. For more information, visit www.moaf.org or connect with the Museum on Facebook or Twitter.

About the Museum of UnCut Funk

The Museum of UnCut Funk is the first and only virtual museum that celebrates 1970’s Black Culture and pays homage to the contributions and legacies of Black icons who made this decade so funky. The museum also features an extensive collection of 1970's Black culture artifacts, which includes Animation Art and Collectibles, Broadway Window Cards, Coins, Comic Books, Movie Posters, Stamps and Sports items that incorporate Black images. The exhibitions deliver unique cultural experiences that teach Black history in a fun and uplifting way and have been seen by over 150,000 people to date. For more information, visit www.museumofuncutfunk.com or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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