Post office issues first Black designed stamp


Olden's design (black & white)
Date: 
Fri, 1963-08-16

*On this date in 1963, the first US postage stamp designed by an African American was issued.

Graphic artist George Olden conceived the stamp that commemorated the 100th year of the emancipation proclamation.

The stamp featured a severed link in a large black chain against a blue background.

Reference:
Jet Magazine
Johnson Publishing
820 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago IL 60605