Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site being honored on new quarter

Governor Bob Riley announced Tuesday that the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site will be honored on a new commemorative quarter being issued by the United States Mint. Beginning in 2010, the United States Mint will issue quarters featuring national parks and other national sites from each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and each U.S. territory under its “America the Beautiful” quarters program. The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site was recommended by Governor Riley as Alabama’s honored location for the quarters program. Governor Riley was notified Tuesday morning that Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar approved the recommendation. “History records the great deeds of the Tuskegee Airmen, their valor and their invaluable contributions to our nation. The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site is where their story is immortalized so generation after generation will hear it. Featuring this site on a commemorative quarter will help us spread the word far and wide that Alabama is so proud to be the home of the Tuskegee Airmen and that here Americans can come to learn their incredible story,” said Governor Riley. Governor Riley sponsored the legislation that established the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site when he served in Congress.
The quarters will be issued sequentially each year, in the order in which the featured site was first established as a national park or site. The coins’ obverse (heads) will still feature the familiar 1932 portrait of George Washington. Artists at the U.S. Mint will prepare three to five designs for the commemorative quarter. The designs will be reviewed for historical accuracy, authenticity and overall composition to ensure that they appropriately represent the site, according to a letter sent to Governor Riley from Edmund C. Moy, Director of the U.S. Mint. Final designs will be submitted to Governor Riley, the Secretary of the Interior, the U.S. Commission on Fine Arts and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee for review and comment. At the conclusion of the review process, the Director of the U.S. Mint will make a recommendation to the Secretary of the Treasury, who will make the final design selection.
For more information about the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters see http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/NSQuartersProgram/index.cfm.

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