New stamp to feature image by Maine artist Robert Shetterly

Posted Jan. 24, 2014, at 1:53 p.m.
On January 31, the United States Postal Service will unveil a new postage stamp honoring Shirley Chisholm. The image used for the stamp is Maine artist Robert Shetterly’s portrait, which is part of the Americans Who Tell the Truth series.
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On January 31, the United States Postal Service will unveil a new postage stamp honoring Shirley Chisholm. The image used for the stamp is Maine artist Robert Shetterly’s portrait, which is part of the Americans Who Tell the Truth series.

BROOKSVILLE, Maine — Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman ever elected to Congress, will be featured on a new stamp being unveiled Jan. 31 by the United States Postal Service.

The image used for the stamp is Robert Shetterly’s portrait, which is part of the Americans Who Tell the Truth series. Shetterly, a Maine artist, educator and writer, has been painting portraits of ” Americans Who Tell The Truth” for about 12 years. In that time, he’s captured nearly 200 activists, historic figures, freedom fighters and others he says exemplify courage in the face of injustice.

Chisholm was elected to Congress, and in 1972 she became the first African American woman and only the second woman to seek the presidential nomination of a major political party.

Hers will be the 37th stamp in the USPS Black Heritage Series, which was begun in 1978.

The First-Day-Of-Issue Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY. Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman will preside at the unveiling. Shetterly will attend the event to sign collectors’ stamps and other memorabilia.

 

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