Birmingham author on U.S. quarters praises choice of Tuskegee Airmen featured on Alabama coin

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Design via the U.S. Mint featuring the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program as

It took 10 years to unveil Alabama’s quarter as part of the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Program, but its selection of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site is a “terrific choice” according to Jim Noles, Birmingham author  of  “A Pocketful of History”  stories behind the U.S. Mint’s 50 State Quarters Program.

Jim Noles “Pocketful of History” was published in 2009

Earlier this week, the United States Mint unveiled the official designs  for the final six coins in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

The design for the sixth and final coin in the program, which began in 2010, will honor the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.  The release date for the Alabama quarter is 2021.

Great Pick

Noles, who is a local Birmingham attorney and author of numerous books was impressed by Alabama’s choice of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.

“The Tuskegee Airmen was a terrific selection by Alabama for the America the Beautiful program,” said Noles through a correspondence with Bham Now about the new quarter.  “It respects our World War II veterans (whose numbers grow smaller every day), gives a nod to Alabama’s (still growing) role in aviation history, and honors brave Civil Rights pioneers.  Alabama’s quarter for the State Quarters series, back in 2003, honored Helen Keller.  That was a great pick; so is this one.”

Jim Noles. Birmingham author of “Pocketful of History.” Photo via Jim Noles Facebook page

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Bust of George Washington Carver at Tuskegee University

Established a decade ago, the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site is part of a network of National Park  units around the historic town of Tuskegee. Along with the Airmen Museum, there is also  the George Washington Carver Museum on the Tuskegee University campus.

  • Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.