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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 Twitter.
Wilson was was born Frederick August Kittel, Jr. in 1945 in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the fourth of six children. During his lifetime, he experienced and observed racial injustice, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Black Power movement. He also witnessed the destruction of the Lower Hill and the uprooting of more than 10,000 people to build the Civic Arena, now demolished.
As an artist, Wilson’s work chronicled the experience of living as an African American. Among the many awards won by Wilson were two Pulitzer Prizes, for Fences and The Piano Lesson. All but one of the 10 plays in his American Century Cycle are set in Pittsburgh. He died in 2005.
Mr. Severe accumulated a collection of over 50,000 first day covers. He has donated to several cultural organizations over the years. We are thankful for being selected for a gift. We donated uncancelled post cards and pencils to a group organizing a Black History Month event.
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
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.