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
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
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
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
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
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.