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Duke Ellington to Be Featured on D.C. Quarter

Duke Ellington to Be Featured on D.C. Quarter

The U.S. Mint announced yesterday that Duke Ellington would be featured on the quarter commemorating the District of Columbia. Ellington is the first African-American to appear on a U.S. coin, as well as the first musician. Ellington was chosen to appear on the quarter over Frederick Douglass and astronomer Benjamin Banneker.


Ellington was a notable jazz compser in the 1940s and '50s, who worked with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and John Coltrane. Ellington died in 1974 at the age of 75. [CNN]  

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