Dick Gregory campaign money (side 1)


Amistad Research Center

Amistad Research Center
New Orleans, United States

One interesting anecdote that Gregory discussed in his book, Write Me In, related the story of a publicity stunt in which his campaign printed $1 bills with Gregory's image on them. Some of these bills made it into circulation in cash transactions causing considerable problems, but priceless publicity. The majority of these bills were quickly seized by the federal government. A large contributing factor to the seizure came from the bills resembling authentic U.S. currency enough that they worked in many dollar cashing machines of the time. Gregory avoided being charged with a federal crime, later joking that the bills couldn't really be considered U.S. currency because “everyone knows a black man will never be on a U.S. bill.”


  • Title: Dick Gregory campaign money (side 1)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Subject Keywords: Gregory, Dick, African American presidential candidates
  • Type: document
  • Rights: Physical rights are retained by the Amistad Research Center. The materials in this exhibition are being made available for personal and scholarly research use only. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws. If you are the rightful copyright holder of an item represented in this exhibition and wishes to have it removed, please submit a request to reference@amistadresearchcenter.org including proof of ownership and clear identification of the work, preferably with URL.
  • Repository: Amistad Research Center
  • Date: 1968
  • Collection: Eric Steele Wells papers

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