Initiated in 1978, the United States Postal Service has recognized the achievements of prominent African-Americans through their Black Heritage Stamp Series. Thirty-six years later the USPS continues to highlight Black leaders with the recently announced 2014 stamp of Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman ever elected to Congress. In the following pages BET.com highlights all of the heritage stamps, starting with Harriet Tubman.
The Harriet Tubman Black Heritage stamp was issued on Feb. 1, 1978, and was designed by Jerry Pickney. Tubman is most known for her work as an activist leading over 300 fugitive slaves through the Underground Railroad to Canada. (Photo: United States Postal Service)