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First African American Congresswoman Featured on Stamp

Fifteen years following her death, Barbara Jordan, the first African-American women from the South serve as a Congresswoman, will be featured on the US postage stamp. She is the first African American woman to have her picture appear on a stamp.

Former Congresswoman Jordan of Texas will be the 34th person to be recognized in the Postal Services’ Black Heritage series. Harriet Tubman was the first person to be honored in the series in 1978. Other honorees include Martin Luther King Jr., W.E.B Dubois, Malcolm X, and Thurgood Marshall.

Jordan served three terms in Congress and was the first African American woman and first woman to give a keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1976. She also addressed the Democratic National Convention in 1992. In 1994, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented by President Bill Clinton.

Sacramento Bee 9/17/11; Fort Worth Star Telegram 9/16/11; Politico 9/11/11

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