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Black Heritage Stamp Series: Legacies

Due in part to the success of the Black Heritage series, since the 1980s there has been a substantial increase in the number of African American subjects included in other long-running series.
 

22¢ Robert E. Peary and Matthew Henson approved stamp art by Dennis Lyall, c. 1986

22¢ Robert E. Peary and Matthew Henson approved stamp art by Dennis Lyall, c. 1986
22¢ Robert E. Peary and Matthew Henson approved stamp art by Dennis Lyall, c. 1986
Loan from the United States Postal Service, Postmaster General's Collection
Loan from the United States Postal Service, Postmaster
General's Collection

Arctic Explorers Series
A former sharecropper from Maryland, Matthew Henson participated as a navigator and translator in six expeditions to the North Pole.

22¢ Duke Ellington approved stamp art by Jim Sharpe, c. 1986

22¢ Duke Ellington approved stamp art by Jim Sharpe, c. 1986
22¢ Duke Ellington approved stamp art by Jim Sharpe, c. 1986
Loan from the United States Postal Service, Postmaster General's Collection
Loan from the United States Postal Service, Postmaster
General's Collection

Performing Arts Series
The most prolific jazz composer ever, Edward ‘Duke’ Ellington and his orchestra toured the U.S. for nearly fifty years and also popularized the genre in Europe.

29¢ Nat ‘King’ Cole approved stamp art by C. F. Payne, c. 1994

29¢ Nat ‘King’ Cole approved stamp art by C. F. Payne, c. 1994
29¢ Nat ‘King’ Cole approved stamp art by C. F. Payne, c. 1994
Loan from the United States Postal Service, Postmaster General's Collection
Loan from the United States Postal Service, Postmaster
General's Collection

Legends of American Music Series
Known for his melodic baritone voice, Cole was the first African American entertainer to have his own television variety show.

37¢ Zora Neale Hurston approved stamp art by Drew Struzan, c. 2003

37¢ Zora Neale Hurston approved stamp art by Drew Struzan, c. 2003
37¢ Zora Neale Hurston approved stamp art by Drew Struzan, c. 2003
Loan from the United States Postal Service, Postmaster General's Collection
Loan from the United States Postal Service, Postmaster
General's Collection

Literary Arts Series
A noted folklorist, novelist and anthropologist, Hurston is best known for her 1937 novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God.

23¢ Wilma Rudolph approved stamp art by Mark Summers, c. 2004

23¢ Wilma Rudolph approved stamp art by Mark Summers, c. 2004
23¢ Wilma Rudolph approved stamp art by Mark Summers, c. 2004
Loan from the United States Postal Service, Postmaster General's Collection
Loan from the United States Postal Service, Postmaster
General's Collection

Distinguished Americans Series
Rudolph won three gold medals in track at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, despite having contracted infantile paralysis (polio) at the age of four.