African Americans on Postage Stamps

Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable

Pioneer and Entrepreneur

22-cent Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable stamp
The Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable stamp was issued February 20, 1987 in the year of the 150th birthday of Chicago, Illinois.

A pioneer and entrepreneur, Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable is acknowledged as the founder of Chicago for having established the first permanent trading post at the mouth of the Chicago River in 1779. At his settlement, Du Sable exhibited skill and knowledge as a merchant, fur trader, farmer, and businessman.

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