Maya Angelou Becomes The First Black Woman On The U.S. Quarter

The Maya Angelou Quarter is here!

As part of the American Women Quarters Program, Maya Angelou is the first of 5 women honored with their own quarter. Maya Angelou is a celebrated writer and social activist best known for her groundbreaking autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and poem "Still I Rise." This program's first year and will run through 2025, where the U.S. Mint will issue a new reverse design each year.


The obverse (heads) depicts a portrait of George Washington, composed initially and sculpted by Laura Gardin Fraser to mark George Washington's 200th birthday. A recommended design for the 1932 quarter, then-Treasury Secretary Mellon ultimately selected the familiar John Flannigan design.

The reverse (tails) depicts Maya Angelou with her arms uplifted. Behind her are a bird in flight and a rising sun, images inspired by her poetry and symbolic of the way she lived.

credit: U.S. Mint Gov


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