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, OH P 10 Reflections APRIL, 2021 ( visit www.esperstamps.org to join ESPER)
The Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections is still representing the hobby of stamp collecting and celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Esper Hayes. Visit the ESPER page for more information and consider joining (sponsor #810).
Senator Hiram Revels may appear on a stamp some day. Here a brief summary of his life and a link to the full article.
Revels was elected by a vote of 81 to 15 in the Mississippi State Senate to finish the term of one of the state’s two seats in the US Senate left vacant since the Civil War. The seat had once been held by Albert G. Brown, who withdrew from the US Senate in 1861.
The election of Revels was met with opposition from Southern conservative Democrats who cited the Dred Scott Decision which was considered by many to have been a central cause of the American Civil War. They argued that no black man was a citizen before the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868. Because election to the Senate required nine years’ prior citizenship, opponents of Revels claimed he could not be seated, having been a citizen by law for only two years. Supporters of Revels countered by stating that the Dred Scott decision applied only to those blacks who were of pure African blood. Revels was of mixed black and white ancestry, and therefore exempt, they said, and had been a citizen all his life. This argument prevailed, and on February 25, 1870, Revels, by a vote of 48 to 8, became the first black man to be seated in the United States Senate.
We had an opportunity to attend the Marvin Gaye stamp ceremony at the Greek Theatre, Tuesday, April 2 in Los Angeles. There were about 3000 attendees. It seemed that many were music lovers versus stamp collectors but needless to say the USPS was very busy and did a great job accommodating the crowd.