Art of the Stamp
From the Collection of the United States Postal Services

Jerry Pinkney

Black Heritage: Sojourner Truth (1986)
Black Heritage: Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable (1987)

Jerry Pinkney began his career in the art department of a Boston greeting card company, but he soon became acquainted with the publishing industry, which sought and nurtured his work. Celebrated for his luminous narrative paintings that reflect his attention to historical accuracy, he has received four Caldecott Honor Medals and many other professional awards. The illustrator of more than 80 children’s books, he has created images for such diverse clients as Time, National Geographic, NASA, the Franklin Mint, and General Mills. His work for the U.S. Postal Service includes a series of Black Heritage stamps celebrating African-American achievement. A member of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee from 1982 to 1992, he has also served on the U.S. Postal Service Quality Assurance Committee.



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