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Ellington Quarter Released
By Associated Press

Duke Ellington has become the first black American to be prominently featured on a United States coin in circulation with the release of a quarter honoring the District of Columbia. Ellington, who composed more than 3,000 songs, was born and raised in Washington. He and other black music legends, like Ella Fitzgerald, helped establish the city’s U Street as an entertainment corridor. Last year, the Mint rejected a proposed design for the District of Columbia quarter that included the slogan “Taxation Without Representation,” a phrase borrowed by residents to voice objections that they pay federal taxes without voting representation in Congress. Instead, the Ellington coin includes the district motto “Justice for All.”


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