Friday, February 22, 2013

Rosa Parks Honored on U.S. Postage Stamp

First Day of Issue: February 4, 2013 - United States

The United States has issued a new postage stamp honoring Rosa Parks.

In 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks courageously refused to give up her seat on a municipal bus to a white man, defying the discriminatory laws of the time. The U.S. Postal Service is proud to honor the life of this extraordinary American activist who became an iconic figure in the civil rights movement.

The stamp art, a gouache painting on illustration board, is a portrait of Parks emphasizing her quiet strength. A 1950s photograph served as the basis for the stamp portrait.

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