Stacey Park Milbern will be honored by the U.S. Mint in 2025 by being featured on a commemorative quarter. Milbern, who passed away on her 33rd birthday in 2020, was a graduate of Massey Hill Classical School and deeply impacted the lives of her high school teachers.
One of her teachers, Brian O’Neal, spoke highly of Milbern, describing her as an inspiration to all students. Additionally, Gregory Nazario, her American history teacher, fondly remembered the impact she had on him when she introduced him to Korean pop music.
Milbern’s legacy as a disability rights advocate will be celebrated through the American Women Quarters Program, founded to honor notable women’s accomplishments. The program aims to feature up to five women each year, with Milbern’s class of honorees including well-known figures like Ida B. Wells and Juliette Gordon Low.
Born with muscular dystrophy, Milbern faced numerous health challenges, but her positivity and strength left a lasting impression on her teachers. After graduating from college, she moved to California where she continued her advocacy work.
Stacey Park Milbern’s impact was far-reaching, touching many lives and bringing about positive change. Her teachers, O’Neal and Nazario, are proud of the recognition she is receiving and are looking forward to honoring her at Massey Hill Classical School when the quarter is released. Her lasting legacy is one of inspiration and empowerment, a testament to the enduring impact she had on the world.