Who was the first African American to appear on a U.S. coin?
Booker T. Washington
Answer: Born into slavery on this day in 1856, Booker T. Washington put himself through school and became a teacher after the Civil War.
Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community. On April 7, 1940, Washington became the first African American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp. Several years later, he was honored on the first coin to feature an African American, the Booker T. Washington Memorial Half Dollar, which was minted by the United States from 1946 to 1951. He was also depicted on a U.S. Half Dollar from 1951–1954.