On this date in 1946 the first U. S. Mint was created by an African-American. Sculptor, Isaac Hathaway was chosen as the designer of the American coin.

On that date, President Harry S. Truman authorized a commission by the U. S. Mint of a fifty cent piece “to commemorate the life and perpetuate the ideas and teachings of Booker T. Washington.”

During his life, Hathaway designed two U.S. coins. His first coin was the fifty cent piece bearing the face of Booker T. Washington in 1946. His second was of George Washington Carver in 1951.