New Forever Stamp commemorates 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation

Emancipation Proclamation 150th anniversary Stamp - credit: USPS

(Best Syndication News) - Today, the U.S. Postal Service introduced a limited edition Forever Stamp commemorating the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.

The stamp reads, “Henceforward, Shall be free, Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln, 1863.” The Emancipation Proclamation contains the words, “Henceforward Shall Be Free." The stamp’s words portray the look of a poster from the Civil War era.

The emancipation stamp is part of the Civil Rights Stamp Series that acknowledges historical acts of freedom, courage, and equality. This is not the first stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service commemorating the Emancipation Proclamation anniversary. On August 16, 1963, the Postal Service introduced a stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the event.

The new Emancipation Proclamation stamp will be introduced at The National Archives in Washington, D.C. today. The National Archives stores the original Emancipation Proclamation document.

Because today is a postal holiday, the stamp will be available starting Wednesday at local Post Offices. Additionally, stamp collectors can purchase the stamps online at usps.com/stamps or by calling 800-Stamp24 (800-782-6724).

The Emancipation Proclamation stamp is the first stamp issued in the Civil Rights stamp series this year. Two more in the series, Rosa Parks and the March on Washington, will be introduced in 2013, but later on during the year. In 2009, the US Postal Service introduced 12 civil rights pioneers through other stamp collections, such as the Black Heritage series and the American Treasures series.

The US Postal Service will introduce 30 stamps this year that will reflect on the American experience.

By: Nancy Connors
Entertainment Reporter

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