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The following is a listing of the United States Postal Service tribute to African American Heritage in stamps.

1940
  • BOOKER T. WASHINGTON - First US postage stamp to commemorate an African American, issued April 7, 1940.
  • 13TH AMENDMENT - October 20, 1940 commemorating the 75th anniversary of the passage of the 13th amendment.
1963
  • EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION - August 16, 1963.
1967
  • FREDERICK DOUGLASS - 25 cent stamp issued February 14, 1967.
1969
  • W.C. HANDY - May 17, 1969.
1973
  • HENRY O. TANNER - September 10, 1973.
1975
  • SALEM POOR - March 25, 1975.
  • PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR - May 1, 1975.
1978
  • HARRIET TUBMAN - 13-cent stamp issued February 1, 1978.
1979
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. - 15 cent stamp issued January 13, 1979.
  • OLYMPIC GAMES AND SPORTS - 10 cent stamp was issued September 5, 1979.
1980
  • BENJAMIN BANNEKER -  February 15, 1980.
1981
  • WHITNEY MOORE YOUNG, JR. - January 30, 1981.
  • DR. CHARLES R. DREW - June 3, 1981.
1982
  • RALPH BUNCHE - January 12, 1982.
  • JACKIE ROBINSON - 20 cent stamp issued August 2, 1982.
1983
  • SCOTT JOPLIN - June 9, 1983.
1984
  • CARTER G. WOODSON - February 1, 1984.
  • ROBERTO CLEMENTE - 20 cent stamp issued August 17, 1984.
1986
  • SOJOURNER TRUTH - February 4, 1986.
  • DUKE ELLINGTON - April 29, 1986.
  • MATTHEW HENSON - May 28, 1986.
1987
  • JEAN BAPTISTE POINTE DU SABLE - February 20, 1987.
1988
  • JAMES WELDON JOHNSON - February 2, 1988.
1989
  • A. PHILIP RANDOLPH - February 3, 1989.
1990
  • IDA B. WELLS - February 1, 1990.
  • JESSE OWENS - 25-cent stamp issued July 6, 1990.
1991
  • JAN MATZELIGER - September 15, 1991.
1992
  • W.E.B. DU BOIS - 29-cent stamp issued January 31, 1992.
1993
  • PERCY LAVON JULIAN - January 29, 1993.
  • CLYDE MCPHATTER - June 16, 1993.
  • DINAH WASHINGTON - June 16, 1993.
  • OTIS REDDING - June 16, 1993.
  • JOE LOUIS - June 22, 1993.
  • PORGY AND BESS - July 14, 1993.
1994
  • OLYMPIC GAMES AND SPORTS - 29 cent stamp issued January 6, 1994.
  • DR. ALLISON DAVIS - February 1, 1994.
  • BUFFALO SOLDIERS - April 22, 1994.
  • NAT KING COLE - September 1, 1994.
  • BILLIE HOLIDAY -  September 17, 1994.
  • HOWLIN’ WOLF - September 17, 1994.
  • ROBERT JOHNSON - September 17, 1994.
  • "MA" RAINEY -  September 17, 1994.
  • JIMMY RUSHING -  September 17, 1994.
  • MUDDY WATERS - September 17, 1994.
  • BESSIE SMITH - September 17, 1994.
  • JIM BECKWOURTH - October 18, 1994.
  • BILL PICKETT - October 18, 1994.
1995
  • HARRIET TUBMAN - 32-cent stamp issued June 29, 1995.
  • FREDERICK DOUGLASS - 32-cent stamp issued June 29, 1995.
  • LOUIS ARMSTRONG - September 16, 1995.
  • EUBIE BLAKE - September 16, 1995.
  • JOHN COLTRANE - September 16, 1995.
  • ERROLL GARNER - September 16, 1995.
  • COLEMAN HAWKINS - September 16, 1995.
  • JAMES P. JOHNSON - September 16, 1995.
  • CHARLES MINGUS - September 16, 1995.
  • THELONIOUS MONK - September 16, 1995.
  • JELLY ROLL MORTON - September 16, 1995.
  • CHARLIE PARKER - September 16, 1995.
1996
  • ERNEST E. JUST - February 1, 1996.
  • JOHN HENRY - July 11, 1996.
  • COUNT BASIE - September 11, 1996.
1997
  • BENJAMIN O. DAVIS, SR. - January 28, 1997.
  • KWANZAA - October 22, 1997.
1998
  • MADAM C.J. WALKER - January 28, 1998.
  • W.E.B. DU BOIS - 32-cent stamp issued February 3, 1998.
  • JAZZ FLOURISHES -  May 28, 1998.
  • JOSH WHITE –  June 26, 1998.
  • SISTER ROSETTA THARPE - July 15, 1998.
  • MAHALIA JACKSON - July 15, 1998.
  • CLARA WARD - July 15, 1998.
  • ROBERTA MARTIN - July 15, 1998.
  • JESSE OWENS - 32-cent stamp issued September 10, 1998.
1999
  • MALCOLM X - January 20, 1999.
  • JACKIE ROBINSON - 33-cent stamp of Robinson sliding issued February 18, 1999.
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. - 33-cent stamp issued September 17, 1999.
  • KWANZAA - 33-cent stamp October 29, 1999.
2000
  • PATRICIA ROBERTS HARRIS - January 27, 2000.
  • ROBERTO CLEMENTE - 33 cent stamp issued July 6, 2000.
  • SATCHEL PAIGE - July 6, 2000.
  • JACKIE ROBINSON - 33 cent stamp of him fielding issued July 6, 2000.
2001
  • ROY WILKINS - January 24, 2001.
  • KWANZAA - 34 cent stamp October 21, 2001.
2002
  • LANGSTON HUGHES - February 1, 2002.
  • ETHEL L. PAYNE - Scheduled to be issued in September 2002.

References: USPS Publication 354, African Americans on Stamps

FOR DETAILED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION and IMAGES OF STAMPS:
Stamp on Black, A ThinkQuest Project
Index of Black History-Related Postage Stamps