Fredrick Douglas is the answer!!
"African American Face Reserve Obligation" (AFRO) Notes were issued in Chicago, Illinois in the late 1980's. This purpose of this colorful "scrip" was to stimulate business and economic activity, primarily for the less prosperous areas of Chicago. The concept was to build incentive for stores using these "dollars" to be frequented more often and stimulate the local growth of the region. These Afro Dollars were accepted by merchants and participating banks just like your Federal Reserve Notes are now. Apparently, the idea went sour and eventually failed when the banks abandoned it.
The front of the notes display the portrait of Fredrick Douglass. Fredrick Douglass was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1818. During the course of his remarkable life he escaped from slavery, became internationally renowned for his eloquence in the cause of liberty, and went on to serve the national government in several official capacities. As a major StationMaster on the Underground Railroad he directly helped hundreds on their way to freedom through his adopted home city of Rochester, NY. The reverse of the notes shows the Douglass Home in Washington D.C.
These notes are truly unique and rare ... we challenge you to find them elsewhere! These notes depict history of Black America, and are definitely cool collectors pieces for paper money, coin, and antique lovers. Fredrick Douglass as a historical figure is as relevant to US History as Martin Luther King Jr! Every Note is absolutely flawless! The serial numbers you will receive are sequential and crisp, with razor sharp corners and flat as a pancake.
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The whole first African American president does make a strong believable case but its founded on big misunderstandings. First of all the 2 dollar bill does feature a dark skinned figure but it is not an African American but just the shading of the dollar bill. Some say its Samuel Poor others say its John Hanson the forgotten black president.
Samuel Poor, a Revolutionary War hero at the Battle of Bunker Hill, is shown sitting in the front row at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The 2.00 bill depicts the above.
If you read the question correctly you will see that he isn't asking for a black president.. just asking for a US currency that features a black man on it.
Wait a minute, there is a forgotten black president? I've got to stop drinking! I am unlearning too many things!
John Hanson was not black. He has been erroneously called the first President of the United States by some...again, erroneously. He was just a delegate to the Continental Congress for Maryland. And he was never on US currency (or any for that matter).
There are no images of African-Americans printed on U.S. currency.
It is a little known fact that five African Americans have had their signatures on currency. The four African American men whose signatures appeared on the currency were Blanche K. Bruce, Judson W. Lyons, William T. Vernon and James C. Napier. These men served as Registers of the Treasury. Until the series 1923 currency, the two signatures on almost all currency (except Fractional Currency and Demand Notes) were of the Treasurer and the Register. During this period four of the 17 registers were African American. The fifth African American whose signature appeared on currency was Azie Taylor Morton. Ms. Morton was the 36th Treasurer of the United States. She served from September 12, 1977, to January 20, 1981. There are no images of African-Americans printed on U.S. currency.
The records of the U.S. Mint, the agency responsible for manufacturing U.S. coins, show that two fifty cent commemorative silver coins were produced during the 1940s commemorating Black Americans: the Carver-Washington coin and the Booker T. Washington memorial coin. The coins are listed in the Official Red Book of United States Coins. These coins, are only available from collectors. The recently released Jackie Robinson coin can be purchased directly from the United States Mint.
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