There were three (3) stamps issued by the US Postal Service to commemorate baseball giant and civil rights activist, Jackie Robinson. The first stamp was 20-cent issued August 2, 1982.
The second stamp was issued on February 18, 1999 and is 33-cents.
Jackie Robinson Stamp 33 cents 1999
It shows Robinson sliding on a base.
Jackie Robinson 33 cent Stamp July 2000
The third stamp is also a 33-cent stamp and shows him fielding. It was issued on July 6, 2000.
Their are four African American men whose signatures appear on US Currency. There is one woman whose signature appear on US currency during her tenure 1977-1981. As you know from the prior post Azia Taylor-Morton was the first and only Treasurer in the US. Whereas, the other men served as Registrars and not Treasurer their names also appear on US Currency.
You can click on the names below and learn more about each of the men.
Blance Kelso-Bruce was a Registrar in the US Treasury 5/21/1881 – 6/5/1885
Click here to see a bill with Blance Kelso-Bruce’s signature on it.
Judson W. Lyon Registrar in the US Treasury April 7, 1898 to April 1, 1906 (Also click this link to see a picture of one of the bills with his signature on it.)
William Tecumseh Vernon Registrar in the US Treasury 6/12/1906 – 3/14/1911
James C. Napier 1911 to 1913
Whitney Moore Young, Jr. was an effective civil rights leader who served as executive director of the National Urban League for 10 years.
In 1969, he received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom. This stamp was issued January 30, 1981
This is the 4th stamp issued in the Black Heritage series.
Learn more about Whitney Young Jr. by clicking this link
This stamp was also designed by Jerry Pickney.
Benjamin Bannekar Postage Stamp 1980
On February 15, 1980 Benjamin Banneker, a self-taught astronomer and mathematician and publisher of Farmers Almanacs in the 1790’s was honored on a 15 cent US Postage Stamp. I want to also note that he was one of three people considered for the reverse of the Washington DC 2009 coin. (As you know if you have been reading this blog the placement was given to Duke Ellington.
This stamp was designed by stamp artist Jerry Pinkney. The print run was 160,000,000.
Read more about Benjamin Banneker by clicking this link.
A self-taught mathematician and astronomer, Benjamin Banneker was probably the most accomplished African American of America’s colonial period.
In 1753, he constructed the first wooden striking clock made in America. His studies and calculations in astronomy allowed him to successfully predict a solar eclipse in 1789 and to publish farmer’s almanacs in the 1790s.
In 1791 he helped design and survey the city of Washington, D.C. This stamp was issued February 15, 1980.
Martin Luther King Postage Stamp for 15 cents
There were two Martin Luther King Jr. Stamps released as part of the Black Heritage Stamp Series. The first one is a 15-cent stamp and was issued on January 13, 1979. The second stamp is a 33-cent stamp was issued on September 17, 1999.
The artist who designed the stamps is Jerry Pickney.
Martin Luther King Jr. Postage Stamp Released in 1933
If you guessed that Booker T. Washington was the first African American to appear on a US Postage Stamp you are absolutely right! Actually Booker T. Washington had a lot of “firsts”. I found out just tonight that he was the first African American to be invited to the White House.
But on April 7, 1940 The US Post Office actually issued a stamp honoring Booker T. Washington as part of a Famous Americans Series. It was, indeed, the very first stamp to honer an African American. The stamp was for 10 cents.
You can read more about the Booker T. Washington stamp from 1940 by clicking this link.
A 10 cent stamp was a high price during that time. Most people could easily afford to buy the lower price stamp which was three cents at the time. As a result, it received some criticism because it was not affordable by many of the African American community.
Harriet Tubman 13 cent US Postage Stamp 1978
Harriet Tubman was the first African American to be honored as part of the Black Heritage Stamp Series. She is also the first African American Woman to be honored on a U.S postage stamp. Please note that I said the Black Heritage Series. Prior to this the first African American ever honored on a U. S. postage stamp was Booker T. Washington in 1940 as a part of the “Famous Americans Series.”
The words Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad are synonymous. As a conductor for the Underground Railroad she placed herself in danger by helping hundreds of slave escape to freedom.
The US Postage stamps commemorating her are a 13 cent stamp issued in February 1, 1978 and a 32 cent stamp issued on June 29, 1995.
Harriet Tubman 32 cent Postage Stamp 1995
African American Artist Thomas Blackshear II created the original painting for the Rosa Parks stamp. The stamp was designed by art director Derry Noyes.
Read more about Thomas Blackshear 11 by clicking this link.
Read more about the Art Director for the US Postal Service Derry Noyles by clicking this link.
The most beautiful coin in U.S. history is the design that appeared on the $20 Gold Double Eagle from 1907 to 1933. It is the design of Augustus St. Gaudens. His model was an African-American artist’s model named Hettie Anderson who actually posed for the “Liberty” design. The design on the reverse of the St. Gaudens $20 gold coin. It depicts a majestic eagle in flight, with the sun below and its rays extending upward.
Hettie Anderson was from Columbia, South Carolina. Read more about the coin and HettieAnderson by clicking this link.
See a picture of the coin currently on sale online.