This August 6, 2023 article has more background on Pauli Murray, one of the subjects of the Mint's 2024 quarters.
It's official. The U.S. Mint's American Women Quarters Program has announced that a nonbinary Black activist, lawyer, priest and poet will be featured on a quarter in the next round, making her the first Black queer person to appear on U.S. currency.
Pauli Murray's quarter will be issued in 2024. Others in the 2024 class are Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first woman of color to serve in Congress; Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, a Civil War–era surgeon, women's rights advocate, and abolitionist; Zitkala-Ša, a writer, composer, educator, and activist for Native Americans' rights; and Celia Cruz, the Cuban-American singer known as the Queen of Salsa.
All of the women being honored have lived remarkable and multi-faceted lives, and have made a significant impact on our Nation in their own unique way, Mint Director Ventris C. Gibson said in a press release.
The women pioneered change during their lifetimes, not yielding to the status quo imparted during their lives. By honoring these pioneering women, the Mint continues to connect America through coins which are like small works of art in your pocket.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1910, Murray was assigned female at birth but questioned her gender at an early age. They grew up in Durham, North Carolina and would graduate at the top of their class at Howard University School of Law. They would later become a lawyer and activist against sexism and racism.
Murray was a staffer on the Committee on Civil and Political Rights as part of President John F. Kennedy's Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and played an active role in the Black civil rights movement of the 1960s.
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Pauli Murray Becomes First Black Nonbinary Person to Appear on U.S. Currency
Wayne Homren, Editor
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