Postal Service Celebrates Quilting Tradition with Quilts of Gee's Bend Stamps, Issued at Largest Annual United States Philatelic Event

August 24th, 2006

The rich quilting legacy of four generations of African-American women in rural Alabama was celebrated today as the U.S. Postal Service issued the Quilts of Gee's Bend commemorative postage stamps at the American Philatelic Society's annual convention and philatelic exhibition. These stamps are sixth in the American Treasures Series, and feature the ingenuity and improvisational style of the Gee's Bend quilters.

As host to the event, Rosemont holds the unique distinction of being the only city in the nation where the stamps are available today. The stamps will be available nationwide Aug. 25.

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