Civil Rights Memorabilia

Antiques malls and flea markets are full of shameful reminders of America's racist history. You'll find endless blackface caricatures—mostly produced between the 1890s and the 1960s—on Mammy cookie jars, Sambo mechanical banks, "darkie" shoe-polish tins and toothpaste tubes, postcards feature "pickaninny" children, and sheet music for minstrel-show tunes and vaudeville "coon songs." But fortunately for collectors, African American history...Continue Reading