On October 13, 2016 The Special Pictorial Postmark cancellation was issued by the United States Postal Service. The Forever stamp that received The Newark, NJ’s postmark that day at Pillar College was no other but Sarah Vaughan.
This stamp was designed by Ethel Kessler. Bart Forbes painted the image for art which was based on a photograph done by Hugh Bell in 1955. The design of the post mark for the Sesquitercentennial postmark was done by a graphic artst student from Essex County named Jaylen Walker.
It was fitting that they choose Sarah Vaughan’s stamp for this postmark. She was a native of Newark and Newark will always remember her. It is also fitting that Pillar College not only hosted the event but became a temporary Philatelic Station. The Postal Service hand cancelled postage stamps with Newarks 350th Special Pictorial Postmark. Visitors were assured that they could come back to the college and bring their holiday cards for the post mark.
Long live the artistry and memory of Sarah Vaughan and kudo’s to Pillar College for stirring the fire of appreciation for African Americans on stamps. Special thanks to Della Moses for having the vision to help organize this piece of history.