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Legendary Cuban American Performer Celia Cruz to Grace US Quarter in Historic Tribute

Cuban American Performer Celia Cruz image via
Cuban American Performer Celia Cruz image via

In an exciting announcement, the US Mint has revealed that the legendary Cuban American artist, Celia Cruz, will be honored as part of the prestigious American Women Quarters Program. Celia Cruz, often hailed as the Queen of Salsa, will make history as the first Latina singer to grace the surface of a US quarter coin, joining a select group of distinguished women to be featured in this program in 2024.

Honoring a Musical Icon

Celia Cruz's remarkable journey began in Havana, Cuba, in 1925, where she was born. Her incredible talent and passion for music eventually led her to become an internationally renowned figure in the world of salsa. Her contributions to the music industry and her enduring legacy have made her an iconic figure, beloved by fans around the globe.

Sadly, Celia Cruz passed away in 2003, but her impact on the music world and her cultural significance endure to this day. Now, her legacy will be further cemented as she takes her place on the US quarter, becoming a symbol of inspiration for generations to come.

The American Women Quarters Program

The American Women Quarters Program is a tribute to the remarkable achievements and contributions of American women throughout history. This initiative, launched by the US Mint, is set to span four years, from 2022 to 2025. During this time, several outstanding women will be honored by featuring on US quarters, celebrating their lasting impact on the nation.

Celia Cruz is just one of the exceptional women to be recognized as part of the 2024 class. Joining her are:

  1. Patsy Takemoto Mink: The first woman of color to hold a seat in Congress, Mink shattered barriers and paved the way for future generations.

  2. Dr. Mary Edwards Walker: A Civil War surgeon, women's rights advocate, and abolitionist, Dr. Walker's legacy is a testament to her unwavering commitment to justice.

  3. Pauli Murray: A poet, writer, activist, lawyer, and Episcopal priest, Murray tirelessly defended civil rights and left an indelible mark on history.

  4. Zitkala-Ša (Gertrude Simmons Bonnin): An advocate for Native Americans' rights to American citizenship and civil rights, Zitkala-Ša's dedication to justice will now be celebrated on US quarters.

Celebrating Pioneering Women

As Ventris C. Gibson, the Mint Director, aptly stated, "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." These women were trailblazers in their respective fields, challenging the status quo and effecting meaningful change during their lifetimes.

The American Women Quarters Program aims to celebrate their pioneering spirit and the profound influence they had on American society. These quarters, more than just currency, will serve as small works of art in your pocket, reminding us all of the power of determination and the enduring legacy of these exceptional women.

Stay Tuned for the Designs

While the names of these extraordinary women are now etched in history as part of the American Women Quarters Program, the designs that will adorn the coins are yet to be revealed. Coin enthusiasts and admirers of these remarkable women can anticipate the unveiling of these designs later this year, adding to the excitement surrounding this historic tribute.

Celia Cruz's inclusion in the American Women Quarters Program is a testament to her enduring impact as a musical icon and a symbol of cultural significance. As we eagerly await the release of these special quarters, we have the opportunity to celebrate not only her but also the inspiring women who have left an indelible mark on the tapestry of American history.


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