African American Museum will be on new stamp

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will finally appear on a stamp beginning next month following a postponement by the US Postal Service.

The “Celebrating African American History and Culture Forever stamp,” part of the US Postal Services Forever series, recognizes the richness of Black history and its intrinsic connection to American history. It will go on sale Oct. 13 following a dedication ceremony at the actual museum on the National Mall.

Ceremony participants will include museum Founding Director Lonnie Bunch, and USPS Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Government Relations Officer Ronald A. Stroman.

“Black history is inseparable from American history, and the Black experience represents a profound and unique strand of the American story,” USPS said. “This stamp issuance recognizes the richness of that experience by celebrating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.”

The stamp, designed by art director and typographer Antonio Alcalà, features an existing photo of the museum’s front taken by Alan Karchmer.

No reason was given for the postponement of the stamp’s release, which was originally scheduled for Sept. 24. That date coincided with the first anniversary of the museum’s formal opening.