USPS Commemorative Stamp Honoring Slaves To Be Issued in 2008

From PostalReporter reader: 

In his April 17th testimony to Congress, President Burrus asked for a more appropriate image on a commemorative stamp honoring slaves.  see testimony-PDF  What do your readers think?  Can they come up with a more appropriate image?

Excerpt from Burrus testimony 

For many years, I have been advocating that the Postal Service issue a commemorative stamp honoring the millions of slaves whose work in bondage contributed so much to building this country.

I have made some progress in these efforts, and the Postal Service has agreed that a stamp will be issued in 2008 honoring those human beings who suffered so much for so little reward. Unfortunately, we may be in disagreement over the image to be depicted.

The stamp committee is proposing to depict a ship transporting slaves across the ocean. I ask simply, “Do we honor the oppressed or the oppressors?”

Tens of millions of human beings completed their life journey without notice, and this stamp presents an opportunity to display their image – to tell their story in a stamp. After 400 years, it’s the right thing to do.


Below: image of the 13th Amendment 3 cent Stamp

The 75th anniversary of the passage of the 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, was commemorated on a stamp issued in 1940. This 3 Cent stamp was issued October 20, 1940. The stamp shows Abraham Lincoln granting freedom to a slave.