US Mint begins shipping quarters in honor of Maya Angelou

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint announced Monday that it had started shipping quarters featuring the image of poet Maya Angelou, the first coins in their American Women Quarters Program.

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

The quarter pattern shows Angelou with arms outstretched. 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 to honor women and their contributions in shaping the nation’s history.

Other winners in 2022 are the physicist and first female astronaut Sally Ride and Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee nation. Also honored this year are Nina Otero-Warren, an electoral leader in New Mexico and the first female director of Santa Fe public schools, and Anna May Wong, the first Sino-American movie star in Hollywood.

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, the Senator for Legislation directing the mint to issue the quarters in honor of women, welcomed Angelou’s selection of the mint for the first mint.

“This coin will ensure that generations of Americans will learn about Maya Angelou’s books and poems that reflect the life experience of black women,” she said in a statement.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the country’s first female Treasury Secretary, said, “Every time we reshape our currency, we have a chance to say something about our country…. I am very proud that these coins are the contributions of some of America’s most notable women, including Maya Angelou. ”

The Biden administration announced shortly after taking office a year ago that it plans to replace Andrew Jackson’s portrait on the $ 20 bill with the underground railroad leader Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist. However, since that announcement, the government has not released any further details about its plans.

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