The last official strike of the original United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program will be the 2021 Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Quarter. This coin marks the fifty-sixth coin of the series which debuted in 2010.
The public will be treated to design candidates for the Tuskegee coin probably in early 2020 if the Mint follows its normal procedure. Then, sometime before its release in 2021 the final design should be unveiled.
This is the only coin slated to be minted in 2021 under the original America the Beautiful program. However, the Treasury Secretary has been granted to authority to continue the program for another eleven years if they desire, so other strikes could be added to the schedule at that time.
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site of Alabama
Former slave Booker T. Washington created the Tuskegee Normal School for Colored Teachers in Alabama, which was later renamed the Tuskegee Institute. Among other things, the Institute had a flight program which greatly interested the U.S. Military.
Considered an experiment by many, the Army Air Corps started training African American men to be combat pilots in 1940. Before this time, they were not even allowed to fly US military aircraft. Overcoming prejudice and segregation, over 1,000 men at the institute excelled and became one of the most highly respected fighter groups of the war.
The first Tuskegee pilot to successfully shoot down an enemy was Captain Charles B. Hall who accomplished the feat on July 2, 1943. His reward for his actions was said to be a bottle of Coca-Cola.
The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site honors all of the pilots and support personnel of Tuskegee and the accomplishments they achieved.