Poet Maya Angelou Is First Black Woman On U.S. Currency

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Acclaimed poet Maya Angelou is still getting her flowers years after her passing.

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The trailblazer will be the first Black woman featured on a United States currency. The coins with the poet’s likeness have shipped out to banks this week.

The Maya Angelou design is the first quarter in the “American Women Quarters Program,” a four-year program that will include coins featuring prominent and diverse women in U.S. history.

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