Civil Rights Legend Honored on New Stamp

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The newly unveiled stamp in honor of Rep. John Lewis is seen on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, June 21, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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The U.S. Postal Service is honoring the life and legacy of Georgia Congressman John Lewis and his work in the Civil Rights Movement with a special Forever Stamp. The dedication ceremony took place last week at Morehouse College. This is a special moment in Lewis’ legacy as he was a dedicated stamp collector, in fact, he always made sure to obtain stamps on the first day they were released.

The stamp features a photograph of Lewis taken by Marco Grob for Time Magazine in 2013, with his name at the bottom and “USA” and “Forever” in the top left corner. It was designed by USPS art director Derry Noyes.

Lewis is known for his tireless work during the Civil Rights Movement. He also served as chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, also known as SNCC, and delivered a memorable speech during the 1963 March on Washington.

He served over 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, fighting for civil rights causes, and was known as “the conscience of the Congress.”


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