11 January 2015

Black Heritage on Stamps

I am finally able to join the second edition of Sunday Stamps, now on the blog See it on a Postcard by VioletSky. The theme for this week is Famous People, Portraits

One thing I love about Sunday Stamps is that I need to look closely to the stamps I receive. Sometimes is easy to find information on the net, sometimes is quite challenging. But the result is that I learn a lot! 

I decided to post today about a theme rather unknown for me: black heritage in North-America.

These stamps were issued by Canada Post on February 2, 2009. They featured portraits of two African-Canadian pioneers: Abraham Doras Shadd (1801-1882), who devoted his life to the abolitionist movement and was the first Afro-Canadian to hold public office; and Rosemary Brown (1930-2003), the first black woman to run for the leadership of a Canadian federal party (and just the second woman).

You can find more information about the stamps here.

I am sure I have received more stamps dedicated to Afro-American whose lives changed history, but they are probably in Spain. This one is the latest I have got. It was issued by the USPS on 31 January 2014 and dedicated to Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (1924-2005). She was an advocate for minority rights and became the first black woman elected to Congress, in 1969.

(And if you allow me to participate twice, I would like to add this old post to today's Sunday Stamps.)


  1. I couldn't agree more about Sunday Stamps forcing you to look at your stamps more closely. As an example you have shown us three people who I had not heard of before,

  2. That's what I like now about stamps - and Sunday stamps in particular. Everyone's contribution teaches me something.

  3. Thank you for the education - of my own country's stamps and Black History!!

  4. Stamps are a great medium for seeing and learning about people you would never normally come across.


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