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Maya Angelou: First Black Woman on Money

In honor of Black History Month, we salute the US Mint for choosing Poet Maya Angelou to appear on The Maya Angelou Quarter as the first coin in the American Women Quarters™ Program.

Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, MO. Angelou was an extraordinary Black poet, writer, and civil rights activist best known for the book "Why The Caged Bird Sings" and the poem "Still I Rise." Maya Angelou passed May 28, 2014, at the age of 86 of health alignments.

Angelou's image will appear on one side of the American quarter with George Washington on the other. The American Women Quarters will also feature Chinese American movie star Anna May Wong and Sally Ride, the first woman to travel to space.

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