This Day in Black History: Aug. 16, 1963

The first U.S. postage stamp designed by a Black artist goes on sale.

Posted: 08/16/2012 07:00 AM EDT

The first U.S. postage stamp designed by a Black artist was placed on sale on Aug. 16, 1963. Graphic artist Georg Olden featured a broken chain on the stamp to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

 

Olden’s designed was praised by then President John F. Kennedy as “a reminder of the extraordinary actions in the past as well as the business of the future,” reports The Professional Association for Design.  

  

 

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