Georg Olden becomes the first African American to design a U.S postage stamp

August 16

On August 16, 1963, Georg Olden became the first African American to design a U.S. postage stamp, when the Emancipation Proclamation stamp was issued. 

The stamp was created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished slavery.


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Celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation

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