The American Philatelic Society (APS – www.stamps.org ) nominated us for a Chatty Award to recognize our presentation on African Americans on Stamps on an APS Stamp Chat during 2020. #RecognitionAppreciated#RepresentationMatters #InternationallyKnown
A composer and pianist, Scott Joplin is known as the “king of ragtime,” a significant development in modern music that combined African-American harmonies and rhythms with other musical styles. In 1899, Joplin composed “Maple Leaf Rag,” which was the genre’s biggest hit. He included ragtime songs in his opera Treemonisha, the first opera composed by an African-American.
Since the founding of the United States, African Americans have played a pivotal role in the shaping of American history and heritage. Their contributions to America have included the fields highlighted by the 1940 Famous Americans and many more. This virtual exhibition showcases the black experience in the United States through the lens of American postage stamps.
Created by Angelo Wider, United States Postal Service, and Alexander T. Haimann, National Postal Museum.