The Maya Angelou quarter is the first in the American Women Quarters Program and went into circulation on Monday. She is the first Black woman to appear on a U.S quarter. She is depicted on the coin in front of a design that is inspired by her autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Future quarters will depict Sally Ride (first American woman in space), Wilma Mankiller (first woman Principle Chief of the Cherokee Nation), Nina Otero-Warren (a leader in the suffragette movement), and Anna May Wong (the first Chinese American film star in Hollywood).
Check out some more of Maya Angelou’s amazing works below!