Cuban singer songwriter and superstar celebrity Celia Cruz makes history as first Afro Latina visage to appear on the US quarter.
Cruz died in 2003, and was selected by the United States Mint to be one of the five honorees in the 2024 American Women Quarters Program.
The U.S. Mint has selected Celia Cruz as one of the honorees for the 2024 American Women Quarters Program. The “Queen of Salsa” will become the first Afro-Latina to appear on a U.S. quarter.
The American Women Quarters Program is a four-year initiative that honors the achievements and services of American women. The U.S. Mint is releasing up to five new designs each year; they began in 2022 and will continue through 2025.
The other women chosen were Patsy Takemoto Mink, who was the first woman of color to serve in Congress; Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, who was a Civil War-era surgeon, women's rights advocate and abolitionist; Pauli Murray, a poet, writer, activist, lawyer and Episcopal priest, as well as a strong advocate for civil rights, and Zitkala-Ša, also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, a writer, songwriter, educator and political activist for the rights of Native Americans.