African Americans on Postage Stamps

Mahalia Jackson

Gospel Singer

32-cent Mahalia Jackson stamp
The Mahalia Jackson stamp was issued July 15, 1998.

Known as the “queen of gospel music,” Mahalia Jackson started singing in church choirs as a young child. She began recording in her early twenties, and received national recognition by appearing at Carnegie Hall and on The Ed Sullivan Show. An active participant in the civil rights movement, she sang at the March on Washington in 1963 and at the funeral for Martin Luther King, Jr.

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