The U.S. Mint has chosen Stacey Park Milbern to be honored on a special edition quarter along with four other women.
The English edition of Hani reports the late Korean American disability activist is one of five chosen for the 2025 American Women Quarters Program.
Numerous potential designs for the quarter have been unveiled on the U.S. Mint website. You can see some of them in the slideshow below.
Milbern died on her 33rd birthday on May 19, 2020. Hotspot Magazine reported that she was the daughter of a White U.S. serviceman and a Korean mother. She spent her early years in Seoul but grew up primarily in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. The magazine commemorated her as an LGBTQ History Month icon in 2021.
According to Hani, she will be the first Korean American ever depicted on a U.S. currency. She is credited with playing a major role in the passage of a bill mandating disability education as part of the high school curriculum.
She was able to walk on her own, but was unsteady on her feet. When she feel in the bathroom during grade school, the other girls ignored her, reported Hotspot.
“The world literally isn’t made to house us, it feels sometimes,” she said. Milbern would be credited with founding the North Carolina Leadership Forum and Disabled Young People’s Collective.
In 2004, the governor of North Carolina appointed her to the Independent Living Council.
Other women selected for the 2025 American Women Quarters Program are journalist and civil rights activists Ida B Wells, Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low, astronomist Vera Rubin and African American tennis pro Althea Gibson, reported the Optimist Daily.
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