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Black Heritage Series 2

Black Heritage Series 1978 - to present, this U.S.Postal Series produced 1 cover on a single individual each year since 78.

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Harriet Tubman

 1820-1913, Born into Slavery,she escaped in 1849 and Joined the " Underground Railroad". In ten years she helped more than 300 slaves to include her parents escape.Taken from the cover you see here by Bazaar cachet makers, with her February 1,1978 USPS stamp issue.

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Martin Luther King Jr

1929- 1968 was born Michael Luther King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin. His grandfather began the family's long tenure as pastors of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and from 1960 until his death Martin Luther acted as co-pastor.

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Whitney Moore Young

  1921 – 1971) was an American Civil Rights leader. He spent most of his career working to end employment discrimination in the U.S. and turning the National Urban League from a relatively passive civil rights organization into one that aggressively fought for equitable access to socioeconomic opportunity for the historically disenfranchised.His cover has a Marg cachet, the stamp issued January 30,1981 for 15 cents.

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Carter Woodson

1875-1950 “Father of Black History,” 
Credit for the evolving awareness of the true place of blacks in history can,in large part, be bestowed on one man,Carter G.Woodson.And, his brainchild the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc..This FDC carries a Readers Digest cachet,in Honor of Mr. Woodson with a USPS 20cent Issue from February 1, 1984.

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Sojourner Truth

1797-1883 was the self-given name, from 1843, of Isabella Baumfree, an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York. Her best-known speech, Ain't I a Woman?, was delivered in 1851 at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio.Ms Truth is honored with this 22 cent stamp issued on February 4, 1986, the cover carries an ArtCraft cachet.

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James Weldon Johnson

1871-1938 Author, Educator & Civil Rights leader. He was Consulship to Venezuela, & Nicaragua under T.Roosevelt.Held 2 positions with the NAACP. He wrote "Lift Every Voice and Sing" which became known  as the Negro National Anthem. He was honored on Feruary 2, 1988 with this 22 cent issue complimented here by an ARTMASTER cachet.

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A.Philip Randolph

1889 - 1979 He won the fight to ban discrimination in the armed forces. He led 250,000 people in the historic 1963 March on Washington. He spoke for all the dispossessed: Blacks, poor Whites, Puerto Ricans, Indians and Mexican Americans. Founded the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.He was honored by USPS on February 3, 1989 with this 25 cent issue which also carries an ArtCraft cachet.

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Jan Ernst Matzeliger

 1852-1889 revolutionized the shoemaking industry with his invention of the lasting (shaping) machine. This invention reduced the cost of manufacturing shoes by one-half. He is remembered for his persistence and optimism in the face of prejudice and ill health. He is honored on this 29 cent stamp issue from Lynn Ma. September 15, 1991 it has a Postal Commemorative Society cachet.

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Percy Lavon Julian

 1899-1975 Eminent Scientist, Educator,and Entrepreneur. He filed over 100 patents, and formulated chemical procedures which led to the developement of oral contraceptives and the drug Cortisone.Won thge Singarn Medal presented by the NAACP.His stamp issued January 29,1993  is a 29 cent stamp,the cover is cacheted by  Fleetwood .

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Elizabeth Bessie Coleman

1892-1926 she was an American Civil Aviator,She could not gain admission to American flight schools because she was black and a woman.Coleman took French language class at the Berlitz school in Chicago, and then traveled to Paris on November 20, 1920.On June 15, 1921, Coleman became not only the first African-American woman to earn an international aviation license from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, but the first African American woman in the world to earn an aviation pilot's license.Coleman quickly realized that in order to make a living as a civilian aviator—the age of commercial flight was still a decade or more in the future—she would need to become a "barnstorming" stunt flier,"Queen Bess," as she was known from Europe,was admired by both blacks and whites and was a very popular draw at shows.This only lasted about 5 years when a tragic accident took her life during a routine flight.Cover by Brads cache, 32 cent stamp issued in her honor on April 27,1995 by the US Postal Service.

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Benjamin O. Davis Sr.

 1880-1970, He was the first  African American general in the United States Army.On 14 June 1899, Davis enlisted in the Regular Army. He was assigned to Troop I, 3rd Squadron, 9th Cavalry at Ft. Duchesne one of the original Buffalo Soldiers Units.He served a number of stints at both Wilberforce University in Ohio, and,Tuskegee University in Alabama as Professor of Military Science and Tactics. From 1953 through 1961, he served as a member of the American Battle Monuments Commission.We Honor him here with a House of Farnam cachet and the USPS 32 cents issue on January 28 1997. 

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Malcom X

 1925 – 1965, born Malcolm Little and also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz,  was an African American Muslim minister, human rights activist, & public speaker. He has been described as one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in  history both here (US) and abroad.A mystic Stamp Co. cachet accompanies this FDC from January 20, 1999.

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Roy Wilkins

1901 – 1981 was a prominent civil rights activist in the United States from the 1930s to the 1970s. Wilkins' most notable role was in his leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP. January 24, 2001 was the issue date for this 34 cent stamp and a House of Farnam cachet in honor  of Mr. Wilkins accomplishments. 

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Thurgood Marshall

 1908 – 1993, the first African-American justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Cheif counsel for the NAACP's  Legal Defense and Education Fund, appointed to the US Court of Appeals, U.S.Solicitor General.We Honor Mr. Marshall with a 37 cent issue from January 7, 2003 and an Artmaster cachet.

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Jackie Robinson

 1919-1972  American atlete, 1st Black Major League Baseball player to break the color barrier in sports.Honored by USPS with this 20cent issue on August 2, 1982 cover cacheted by the Postal Commemorative Society.

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Scott Joplin

  18  -1919 " The Father of Ragtime "acclaimed as a musician with vision he created a musical style with its roots set deep in pioneer America.In 1976 received the Pulitzer Prize award posthumousfor his inghenious invention.This FDC carries the 20 cent issue from June 9, 1983 with a Fleetwood cachet.

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Mary Mcleod Bethune

1875-1955 was an American educator and civil rights leader best known for starting a school for black students in Daytona Beach, Florida that eventually became Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The cover below has a Readers Digest cachet on left with a single issue honoring Mary Bethune on March 5th 1985

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Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable

 1745-1818 "The Founder of Chicago" born in St. Marc, Saint Dominique (Haiti). He was the son of a French mariner and African-born slave mother and Educated in France. In the early 1770's he made his way up the Mississippi. Where he established a trading post on the North Bank of the Chicago River mouth. His business prospered and became the center of a permanent Chicago settlement. In 1968, he was finally recognized as the man who founded Chicago. Depicted here on an ArtCraft cachet, His stamp issue is a 22 cent block of four from February 20, 1987.

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Ida Bell Wells Barnett

1862-1931 was an African American journalist, newspaper editor and, with her husband, newspaper owner Ferdinand L. Barnett, an early leader in the civil rights movement. She documented the extent of lynching in the United States, and was also active in the women's rights movement and the women's suffrage movement. Ida received her stamp on February 1, 1990 a 25cent issue and an Aristocrat cachet.

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William Edward Burghardt Du Bois

  1868-1963 Scholar and political activist  helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). DuBois attended Harvard University  in 1895  the first African-American to receive a doctorate from the school. He became a university professor, a prolific writer and a pioneering social scientist on the topic of black culture. Honored here with a 29 cent stamp issued on January 31, 1992, also on the FDC an Artcraft cachet.

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William Boyd Allison Davis

  1902 – 1983 was an Educator, Anthropologist, Writer, Researcher, and Scholar. The first African-American to hold a full faculty position at a major white university when he joined the staff of Chicago University in 1942.His stamp was issued on February 1, 1994 for 29 cents, Postal Commemorative Society cacheted cover.

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Ernest Everett Just

  1883 - 1941  As a sophomore at Dartmouth, he enrolled in his first biology class and read an article which attempted to explain the process of fertilization and egg development, which sparked a lifelong interest in embryology. After graduating he taught at Howard University where he was appointed head of the Department of Zoology in 1912. At Howard, he also served as a professor in the medical school and head of the Department of Physiology until his death. The first Spingarn Medal was awarded to the reluctant and modest Just by the NAACP in 1915 for his accomplishments as a pure scientist. He published two books  his first book entitled, Basic Methods for Experiments on Eggs of Marine Mammals and his second,The Biology of the Cell Surface.He was only 58 years of age when he past.Dr.Just is honored here with a 32 cent issue on this FDC on February 1, 1996 and cacheted by CcCachets.

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Madam C.J.Walker

 1867 – 1919 was an African-American businesswoman, hair care entrepreneur and philanthropist. The first female who became a millionaire by her own achievements.She made her fortune by developing and marketing a hugely successful line of beauty and hair products for black women under the company she founded, Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. Here she is honored with a 32 cent USPS issue on January 28,1998. The cachet is by the Postal Commemorative Society shows C.J. with her products..

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Patricia Roberts Harris

 1924-1985  Cabinet member, former U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg, politician, lawyer, educator. The first African American woman to hold a Cabinet post. Harris worked hard to rebuild urban neighborhoods and encouraged businesses to invest in troubled areas. Encouraged by her success at HUD, Carter later made Harris the Secretary of Health and Human Services in his cabinet. The Postal Commemorative Society and USPS honor Ms Harris with a cachet of her likeness on January 27, 2000 & a 33 cent stamp.          

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James Mercer Langston Hughes

 1902 – 1967, He was one of the earliest innovators of the art form Jazz Poetry, aside from being an American Poet he was also a novelist, playwright, short story writer, & columnist. He won the Harmon Gold Medal for Literature, and received the Guggenheim Fellowship, The Spingarn Medal.The cover above carries a House of Farnam cachet, with the February 1, 2002  postmark and a 34 cent First Day of Issue stamp.



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Benjamin Banneker

(November 9, 1731 – October 9, 1806) was a free African American, surveyor, almanac author, Astronomer, Mathematician, and farmer .Shown on a readers Digest cacheted cover his February 15,1980 stamp issue.


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