New stamp honors 150th anniversary of emancipation

By Manny Otiko Contributing Writer | 1/4/2013, noon

WASHINGTON – (NewsInBlack) – The United States Post Office is honoring the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a new commemorative stamp, officials announced this week.

The limited-edition stamp went on sale nationwide this week at post offices around the nation, according to theGrio.com.

Designed by Gail Anderson and Antonio Alcalá, the stamp features the Emancipation Proclamation’s famous words “Henceforward Shall Be Free”, alongside President Lincoln’s name and year the document was signed.

Anderson utilized one of the oldest working letterpress print shops, Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tenn., to produce the stamp with an authentic look.

“President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, creating what Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman called, ‘a powerful symbol of President Lincoln’s determination to end the war, to end slavery, and to reconstruct the economy of the country without slave labor,” the newswire reported.

“Stamps often tap into our culture and help us remember the events and people who have had an impact on American history.”

This is the first of several stamps to be released this year marking black history, the newswire reported.

“The first of three stamps to be released this year celebrating the Civil Rights Movement, the Emancipation Proclamation Forever Stamp was designed to resemble posters of the Civil War era.

“Rosa Parks and the March on Washington will be remembered in the two remaining stamps due this year on this theme. Previous stamps issued to honor civil rights history include a 2009 series of 12 stamps featuring leaders of the movement.”