Duke Ellington is First African- American to Solo on U.S. Coin

Duke Ellington is First African- American to Solo on U.S. Coin

duke-ellington-coin.jpgJust in time for the closing of Black History Month, the U.S. Mint launched a new coin Tuesday featuring jazz legend Duke Ellington, making him the first African-American to appear by himself on a circulating U.S. coin.

Ellington won the honor of gracing the Washington, DC state quarter by a vote of D.C. residents, beating out abolitionist Frederick Douglass and astronomer Benjamin Banneker. (Read more at CNN.com)

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