Maya Angelou to become first black woman to appear on quarter

Maya Angelou to become first black woman to appear on quarter


Show me the Maya.

The US mint has begun rolling out quarters featuring iconic African-American poet and activist Dr. Maya Angelou, marking the first time a black woman has appeared on the coin.

“Each time we redesign our currency, we have the chance to say something about our country — what we value, and how we’ve progressed as a society,” the US’ first female Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement.

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The commemorative coin is the first of the American Women Quarters program, which features quarters honoring pioneering women in US history, the US Mint reported in a separate statement.

Angelou’s quarter will still feature the traditional bust of George Washington on the “heads” side while the converse will pay tribute to

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