Ragtime: Scott Joplin

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.

In 1976, almost 60 years after his death, Joplin was awarded a special posthumous Pulitzer Prize for his contributions to music. Read more at the National Postal Museum https://postalmuseum.si.edu/object/npm_1985.0796.3148 page

The Black Experience: African Americans on Postage Stamps

Visit this Virtual Exhibit

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1965 Voting Rights Act stamp

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.

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