February 27th, 2015

Booker T. Washington – first African American appeared on a US Stamp

FindYourStampsValue.com would like to share interesting info with our readers. This article concerns a great historical event for African American - Booker T. Washington appeared on US postage stamp. This item, issued in 1947, was the long overdue first African American to be pictured on a US stamp.

The nation's first stamp to honor an African-American, it holds a unique place in American history. Social, economic, and legislative struggles since 1940 have produced deeper understanding and acceptance among racial groups. Today, the United States Postal Service (USPS) regularly honors African-Americans and their widely varied contributions to the nation and the world.

Booker T Washington was the first African American to appear on a stamp in the United States in 1947. Born a slave he founded the Tuskegee Normal Industrial School in 1881 in Alabama.

He was a renowned author, orator, and a key figure in the early Civil Rights movement. He was a consensus builder, believing in equal rights for all and making a lasting impact with his goal of promoting education and entrepreneurship to the African American community.

The POD honored Booker T. Washington once again in 1956, the centennial of his birth. The stamp's vignette features an image of a cabin similar to the one in which Washington was born.

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