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Via The BBC:

 

Musician Duke Ellington has become the first black American to feature prominently on a US coin.

The jazz composer and performer will be pictured seated at the piano on the 25 cent piece.The coin is one of a series showing America’s states. Ellington’s coin represents the District of Columbia where was born. African Americans have featured on commemorative coins but Ellington’s quarter will be in everyday use.

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/London Hip-Hop Journalist

    The Duke definitely deserves that recognition