Thursday, December 30, 2021

45th Black Heritage Stamp series honors sculptor Edmonia Lewis

The 45th stamp in the USPS Black Heritage series honors sculptor Edmonia Lewis (circa 1844-1907). As the first African American and Native American sculptor to achieve international recognition, Lewis challenged social barriers and assumptions about artists in mid-19th century America.

The stamp art is a casein-on-wood portrait of Lewis, based on a photograph taken in Boston between 1864 and 1871. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp with original art by Alex Bostic.

The stamp's first day of issue will be January 26, 2022 where it will be unveiled during a ceremony at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. The stamp can be purchased at the postal service's online store and at post offices.

The stamp will be sold in panes of 20 and can be purchased at the USPS site here: Edmonia Lewis Stamp

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