The Exhibit

Black Money: World Currencies Featuring African, African-American, and African Diasporic History and Cultures 


shared moments from the Atlanta exhibition at The Auburn Avenue

Research Library  2018-19.

The Black Money team is proud to announce that the exhibit is part of the UNESCO International Decade for People of African Descent, 2015 - 2024.

Black Money features displays of thematically organized banknotes depicting the histories, cultures, politics and experiences of Africans and peoples of African descent in countries around the world. The selected currencies demonstrate the important role that money has played, and continues to play, as a marketing tool and medium of mass publicity for governments and other entities, from the 19th century to present. The traveling exhibition features “money trees” decorated with real money from countries in Africa, Europe, and the Americas, including the United States. It includes rare, obsolete, and currently circulating money and money-related objects, accompanied by scale and life-size models of historical characters and other images featured on money, promotional money posters, wall-mounted, money-inspired artwork, and other works of art depicted on money.

Themes Explored


Pieces Shown


Countries Represented


The central design concept of the Black Money Traveling Exhibition takes the form of a forest of “money trees,” featuring real pieces of currencies that are arranged in interrelated themes. These themes take visitors on a journey through some of the major milestones and episodes in the history and lived experiences of Africans and peoples of African descent globally, from ancient times to the present. It ends with an exhibit on how the future of Africa and the African Diaspora is projected on money. The main themes that form the Black Money Traveling Exhibition are:

  1. The Ancient African World

  2. Africana Art

  3. Enslavement & Freedom

  4. Colonialism

  5. Independence

  6. Economic Development

  7. Black Music & Dance

  8. Black Women on Money

  9. Children’s Money Exhibit

  10. The Modern Africana World

Within these themes, you can explore the long, rich and complex history, cultures and experiences of Africans and peoples of African descent globally from ancient times to the present. The exhibition includes currencies depicting figures and monuments from Ancient Egypt such as the Head of the Sphinx, and the Mask of Pharaoh Tutankhamun (King Tut), and Queen Nefertiti; the learned city of Timbuktu in Ancient Mali; European colonialism in the Caribbean, French West Africa and British West Africa; women in Africa and the African Diaspora, who were commanders-in-chief and spiritual leaders of resistance movements against British slavery and colonialism in Jamaica (National Heroine Nanny of the Maroons) and Ghana (Asante Queen-Mother Nana Yaa Asantewaa).


The economic realities of the black world, including the strength or weakness of particular national currencies, the connections between African and African Diasporic industries, labor and the world market, are common features of money in the black world. This is exemplified by a 100 trillion-dollar bill from Zimbabwe, and currency from Equatorial Guinea/Central African States, which shows the oil industry. The issue of the education of school children is depicted on currencies from Angola and Botswana.



The Black Money Traveling Exhibition will open from November 28, 2018 – February 22, 2019, at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History (AARL), in Atlanta.

The exhibition will travel to museums and other venues in cities and states across the U.S. over the next several years.

Auburn Avenue Research Library

101 Auburn Ave NE,

Atlanta, GA 30303

November 28, 2018 -

February 22, 2019

Monday: 12 - 6 p.m. 

Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wednesday: 12 - 8 p.m.

Thursday: 12 - 8 p.m.
Friday: 12 - 6 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday: 2 - 6 p.m.

Host the


The Black Money Travelling Exhibition will be available for

bookings in 2019 and beyond, by museums, libraries, schools, colleges, and community organizations locally, regionally,

nationally and internationally!

We are therefore inviting museums and other institutions that may have an interest in hosting the Black Money Traveling Exhibition to email a letter of interest to Dr. Harcourt Fuller at Feel free to use this form!


The Team

The Black Money Traveling Exhibition is made possible through partnerships with several organizations, museum professionals, artists, scholars, and other individuals. The members of the Black Money team are:

Dr. Harcourt Fuller



Irvin Wheeler

Staff Artist/Exhibits Coordinator

Tracy Murrell


India Nabarro

Creative Director

John Milus

Graphic Designer

Leslie Whitmire

Graduate Research


Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi

Humanities Scholar, Consultant

Myrna Anderson-Fuller


Cheryl Odeleye

Director of Southwest Art Center, Advisor

Dr. Candy R. Tate


Dr. Kimberly Cleveland

Humanities Scholar, GSU

Makeba Dixon-Hill

Exhibition Evaluation Consultant


Catherine Odari, Ph.D. 

Historical Consultant


Jada James




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