African Americans on Postage Stamps

Clara Ward

Gospel Singer

32-cent Clara Ward stamp
The Clara Ward stamp was issued July 15, 1998.

Clara Ward was the creative force behind the Ward Singers, often acknowledged as America’s greatest gospel group. She was a celebrated and accomplished composer, pianist, singer, and arranger, and she and her group helped transform the gospel genre by using creative arrangements, wearing colorful costumes, and playing at unconventional venues. Her song “Surely, God Is Able” became one of the highest selling gospel records of all time.

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