Always on a Dime


The image you see on the dime was "inspired" by a Black woman.


Selma Hortense Burke was an American sculptor and a member of the Harlem Renaissance movement. In 1942 she joined the Navy making her one of the first African American women to enroll. While in the Navy, Burke was commissioned to do a bronze relief portrait of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The portrait she created was adopted by the mint and is currently on United States dimes.

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