Jazz Great Ellington Will Grace DC Quarter

Capital honors native son with commemorative coin
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2009 6:07 AM CST
American big band leader and legendary jazz pianist Duke Ellington, seen circa 1948.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Late jazz legend Duke Ellington has been chosen to appear on the District of Columbia's commemorative quarter, CNN reports. The composer and performer, a DC native who died in 1975, beat out abolitionist Frederick Douglass and surveyor and astronomer Benjamin Banneker in a vote of the capital's residents. Ellington becomes one of very few African Americans ever to appear on a US coin.