Maya Angelou Becomes First Black Woman Featured On U.S. Quarter

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The late poet and activist Maya Angelou is the first Black woman to appear on the U.S.quarter now that the American Women Quarters Program have entered circulation

The U.S. Mint announced the shipping yesterday, saying that the quarters in honor of Angelou and they're going to be manufactured in Philadelphia and Denver. 

In a statement, Ventris C. Gibson—the Deputy Director of the U.S. Mint—said the new coins are designed to celebrate the “contributions to American history” from each honoree.
“It is my honor to present our Nation’s first circulating coins dedicated to celebrating American women and their contributions to American history,” Gibson said Monday. “Each 2022 quarter is designed to reflect the breadth and depth of accomplishments being celebrated throughout this historic coin program. Maya Angelou, featured on the reverse of this first coin in the series, used words to inspire and uplift.”

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