U.S. Postal Service Honors Shirley Chisholm With Black Heritage Forever Stamp

Posted on February 3, 2014

Shirley Chisholm Black Heritage Forever Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service honored Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm with the 37th Black Heritage Forever Stamp. Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman elected to congress when she won the election in Brooklyn in 1969. The stamp was issued last week during a special ceremony at Brooklyn Borough Hall in Brooklyn, NY. The stamp was designed by art director Ethel Kessler. It features a color portrait of Chisholm by artist Robert Shetterly. The Black Heritage stamp series began in 1978 with the issuance of the Harriet Tubman stamp.

Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman said in a statement, "Shirley Chisholm was a courageous and pioneering woman whose legacy lives on with the issuance of this special stamp. We are proud to honor this great American who shattered barriers of race and gender. Shirley Chisholm fought for the rights of women and the poor as a true champion for justice and equality for all."

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Photo: U.S. Postal Service
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