Special Events – Exhibits – Pop-Ups

We are excited about our partnership with Cultural Charisma. We have set up pop-up exhibits inside their shop at 517 E. Vandalia, Edwardsville, IL and have sparked engaging conversations about stamp collecting. We have been set up every Saturday since March and will be participating through August 2022 and possibly longer from 10:00-2:00. We appreciate our dedicated space on the

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Partnerships and Resources

Thank you for visiting our page. Obviously you appreciate stamps and more specifically, African Americans on Stamps. After browsing our page please take the time to visit: ESPER – Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections African Americans in the Postal Service and Philately American Topical Association

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The 44th Stamp in the Black Heritage Series:

August Wilson – Click link for more info https://www.esperstamps.org/august-wilson-page The Forever stamp will be part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, honoring people whose work contributed to arts and culture in the Black community. Wilson’s stamp will be the 44th in the series. The stamp will be dedicated on January 28, 2021, during a ceremony that will be streamed on Facebook and

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Upward Bound Students | STEM

We had an opportunity to share stamp collecting with a group of Upward Bound students. They were engaged, asked great questions and expressed appreciation for exposure. The focus was STEM but we included Arts so full STEAM ahead. Took picture with winners of prize for completing word puzzle first. Fun fact: They have never had to lick a stamp

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Monopoly | Black History Ties| Stamps

There are black history ties in the Monopoly game. There is also a stamp commemorating it. Reflections magazine by the ESPER – Honoring the African Diaspora and African Americans on Stamps highlights it.Read the entire compelling article at www.the atlantic.com/ideas/ archive/2021/02/racism-your-monopoly-board/618098/ U.S. #3185o 32¢ The Game of Monopoly Celebrate the Century – 1930s Issue Date: September 10, 1998 City: Cleveland,

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Jackie Robinson | 42 | Montreal | Dodgers

Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color barrier in 1947, had a 10-year all-star career, became the first African-American inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and had his number 42 retired by Major League Baseball in 1997. More important than his accomplishments in baseball are his contributions to racial equality in the United States, of which his many

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Opening 2021 | Presentations | Stamp Chats | Advocacy

Like so many others we started off with online presentations to stay in touch with our philately phriends and expanded our reach to support other cultural organizations. February 22-23 – We participated as an advocate at the Museum Advocacy Days events and had the opportunity to join congressional members to voice our support for funding. February 23 – We gave

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Congressman John Robert Lewis

Visit https://www.esperstamps.org/john-lewis for more information John Robert Lewis was known as the “conscience of the U.S. Congress.”  John was the son of sharecroppers, born in Troy, Alabama, in 1940.  As a young boy, he knew that he was going to get in “good trouble.”  It was a large part of his character.  He knew that he had to make a

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