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Black History: Black Heritage Stamp Series

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Civics +3 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), Primary (5 to 8 years old)
A topical collection featuring African-American leaders, inventors, activists, sports figures, and culture-shapers whose lives changed history. Teaching Tips can be found in "notes."

These stamps are part of the Black Heritage Stamp Series. U.S. postage stamps were in use for nearly a century before Booker T. Washington became the first African American to appear on one. A handful of additional black history-related designs appeared between 1940 and 1978, when the U.S. Postal Service introduced the Black Heritage series. USPS continues to issue a stamp featuring a notable Black American every February in conjunction with Black History Month and at other times during the year. Today the Black Heritage issues are the longest-running U.S. stamp series.

13c Harriet Tubman single

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15c Martin Luther King Jr. single

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15c Benjamin Banneker single

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15c Whitney Moore Young single

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20c Jackie Robinson single

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20c Scott Joplin single

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20c Carter G. Woodson single

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22c Mary McCloud Bethune single

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22c Sojourner Truth single

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22c James Weldon Johnson single

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25c A. Philip Randolph single

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25c Ida B. Wells single

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29c Jan E. Matzeliger single

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29c W.E.B. Du Bois single

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29c Percy Julian single

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29c Dr. Allison Davis single

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32c Bessie Coleman single

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32c Ernest E. Just single

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32c Benjamin O. Davis Sr. single

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32c Madam C.J. Walker single

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33c Malcolm X single

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33c Patricia Roberts Harris single

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34c Roy Wilkins single

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34c Langston Hughes single

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37c Thurgood Marshall single

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37c Paul Robeson single

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37c Marian Anderson single

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39c Hattie McDaniel single

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39c Ella Fitzgerald single

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41c Charles W. Chesnutt single

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44c Anna Julia Cooper single

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44c Oscar Micheaux single

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Forever Barbara Jordan single

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Forever John H. Johnson single

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