Maya Angelou to be First Black Woman on US Quarter

Maya Angelou has become the first Black woman to appear on the US quarter as part of a program to honor remarkable women.

According to the US Mint, the coin featuring the activist and poet officially went into circulation this week.

This coin is the first in the American Women's Quarter Program with other quarters coming out later this year through 2025.

The new coin will still feature George Washington on the "heads" side with Angelou and the other women in the program will be featured on the "tails" side.

The other honorees include astronaut Sally Ride; actress Anna May Wong; suffragist and politician Nina Otero-Warren and Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.

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