Postmarked: The African American Stamp on History was created from the Black Heritage Stamp Series, a collection generously donated by the United States Postal Service. These commemoratives are presented with the idea that stamps are a different way of telling stories. The Black Heritage Stamp Series promotion began in 1978, is the longest running series of its kind, and one of the most popular philately ventures the Postal Service has ever undertaken.
African Americans have and continue to make important achievements in a variety of areas such as science, music, medicine, athletics, and civil rights. Often these individuals are credited with success in only one area. This exhibition offers short biographies that chronicle the multifaceted lives of these extraordinary people, and can serve as a starting point for conducting further research into these icons of national history.