Maya Angelou becomes 1st Black woman featured on US quarters

The legendary author and poet, who died in 2014, is the first featured in a series of new quarters issued by the U.S. Mint.

 

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The United States Mint recently began shipping quarters featuring the image of poet Maya Angelou, the first coins in its American Women Quarters Program.

Angelou, an American author, poet and civil rights activist, rose to prominence with the publication of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” in 1969. Angelou, who died in 2014 at the age of 86, was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010 by President Barack Obama.

The quarter design depicts Angelou with outstretched arms. Behind her are a bird in flight and a rising sun, images inspired by her poetry.

The mint’s program will issue 20 quarters over the next four years honoring women and their achievements in shaping the nation’s history.

The first quarters from the U.S. Mint's American Women Quarters Program will feature late author and poet Maya Angelou. usmint.gov
The first quarters from the U.S. Mint's American Women Quarters Program will feature late author and poet Maya Angelou. usmint.gov
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