Black History Medals

Here is a collection of Congressional Gold Medals that honor the work of famous African-Americans.

Many of these Americans have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom as well. Some of the other African-Americans who have been honored with this award include Reverend Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King, Jr., singers Leontyne Price, Pearl Bailey, and Lena Horne, and musicians “Duke” Ellington and “Count” Basie.

The Congressional Gold Medal is sometimes awarded to non-Americans as well. In 1998, Congress honored Nelson Mandela for his “life-long dedication to the abolition of apartheid and the promotion of reconciliation among the people of the Republic of South Africa.”