:: The United States Mint Unveils Washington D.C. Duke Ellington :: Quarter February 24, 2009 ::
THE UNITED STATES MINT
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
THE RELEASE OF
THE DUKE ELLINGTON
IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
February 24, 2009
U.S. Mint and D.C. officials celebrate the release during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
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.
Published: February 24, 2009
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Jazz icon Duke Ellington is the first African-American musician on a circulating U.S. coin, his image on the District of Columbia quarter, the U.S. Mint said.
The District of Columbia commemorative quarter showing Ellington playing the piano will be introduced by U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy during a news conference at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, CNN reported.
Ellington on Ellington
Paul, Mercedes and Edward Ellington, three of Duke Ellington's grandchildren participated in a question and answer event sponsored by Borders at the Time Warner Center. The evening included a performances by the Ellington Legacy Band which is led by Edward Ellington.
Duke's 110th on 110th
Edward Ellington and the Ellington Legacy Band performed at the Duke Ellington Memorial at 110th Street and Fifth Avenue in celebration of Duke Ellington 110th Annivesary which was sponsored by The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts.
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