Black Money: World Currencies Featuring African, African-American, and African Diasporic History and Cultures
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.
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:
The Ancient African World
Enslavement & Freedom
Black Music & Dance
Black Women on Money
Children’s Money Exhibit
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.
Click to see the contents of each collection.
Images courtesy of www.banknotebook.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to use this form!
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:
Staff Artist/Exhibits Coordinator
Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi
Humanities Scholar, Consultant
Director of Southwest Art Center, Advisor
Dr. Candy R. Tate
Dr. Kimberly Cleveland
Humanities Scholar, GSU
Exhibition Evaluation Consultant
Catherine Odari, Ph.D.