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



Black Heritage: Sojourner Truth
Watercolor and collage on paper

Artist: Jerry Pinkney
Art director: Jack Williams
First day of issue: February 4, 1986

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Jerry Pinkney, who created the first Black Heritage stamp in 1978, typically included a second element in his designs to provide historical context. For this stamp commemorating Sojourner Truth, he took a slightly different approach, opting for a powerful double portrait to emphasize Truth’s relentless crusade for women’s rights and the abolition of slavery.


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