The queen of salsa, the Cuban Celia Cruzis one of the five women chosen by the government of the United States so that during this 2023 they will be part of the special program of impressions in coins of 25 cents.
The special program will last four years, it began in 2022 and will continue until 2026, years in which five women will be honored with their faces on the coins. Known as the guarachera of Cuba, Ursula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alonsoborn on the island became known as a emblem of the Cuban-American community. She was born in Havana in 1925 and became known in the 1950s as the main voice of La Sonora Matancera.
In 1966 he traveled to New York and combined his talent with that of Titus Bridge. In the 1970s, she began to stand out in the salsa genre, perhaps becoming its greatest exponent and sharing the stage with the world’s leading artists. Throughout his extensive career, he has won, among many other awards, five Grammys and the National Medal of Arts in the United States. He passed away in July 2003, at age 78, at his home in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Cruz will share the honor of the United States government with other notable women such as Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first woman of color to become a federal congresswoman; the doctor mary edwards walkerleading surgeon of the civil war era; pauli murray, poet and lawyer; and Zitkala-SaNative American rights activist.
“All of the honored women lived multifaceted lives through which they have made enormous contributions to our country (…) By honoring them with the creation of these coins, we connect the country through small pieces of art that people can carry in their pockets.”, indicated through a statement to the media Ventris Gibsondirector of the coin program.
There will be a limited printing of each of the coins, so it is recommended that whoever wants to make sure they have a coin with the face of one of these women, request it through the website www.catalog.usmint.gov, where you can buy the coins and receive them by mail. If not, hopefully, the special editions are expected to go into circulation and get them in a regular transaction using coins.
Celia thus becomes the first Afro-Latina woman to reach a currency in common use in the United States.
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