US Postal Service honors Frederick Douglass with his own stamp; February 14, 1967

A year shy of Frederick Douglass’ 150th birthday the United States Postal Service released a postage stamp bearing his image. Back in February 1967 a postage stamp was 25 cents.

According to Sherrod Gresham, author of African Americans on U.S. Currency & Numismatic Materials: Coins and Medals, on April 7, 1940 Booker T. Washington became the first black person to be honored on a US postage stamp.

In 1995 Douglass was again honored with his own stamp as part of a series on the American Civil War.

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