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Duke Ellington quarter released

February 25, 2009

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— Jazz musician Duke Ellington has become the first black American to be prominently featured on a U.S. coin in circulation with the release of a quarter honoring the District of Columbia.

U.S. Mint and D.C. officials celebrated the release of the coin Tuesday during a ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

“Like many great Americans who succeed in what they love doing, Duke Ellington was equal parts talent, hard work, passion and perseverance,” U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy said.

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was born and raised in Washington. He and other black music legends, such as Ella Fitzgerald, helped establish the city’s U Street as an entertainment corridor.

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Marion Lynn 5 years, 1 month ago

Yet another demonstration of the near total lack of awareness of history; that out just perpetrating outright lies!

George Washington Carver appeared on a commorative half-dollar from 1951 through 1954.

http://www.coinpage.com/coin-image-3301.html

Booker T. Washington's likeness was struck into yet another commerorative coin in 1946 through 1951,

http://www.btwsociety.org/library/honors/15.php

This sort of nonsense fits into the same category of nonsense as Barack Hussein Obama's claim this week that the automobile was invented in the USA and the even more absurd claim that a black man invented air conditioning.

Poor journalism a swell but you see, they WANT you to believe everything written in the papers, not the truth.

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