African Americans on Postage Stamps

Jesse Owens

Track and Field Athlete

25-cent Jesse Owens stamp
The 25-cent Jesse Owens stamp was issued July 6, 1990.

Although a frail, sickly child, Jesse Owens developed into a strong runner, winning national high school titles in three events. Pursued by dozens of colleges, he chose to go to Ohio State University, where he worked his way through school. At the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Owens stunned the world by capturing four gold medals in track and field. He shattered Olympic records as well as Hitler's false theories of racial superiority.

32-cent Jesse Owens stamp
The 32-cent Jesse Owens stamp was issued September 10, 1998.

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