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Mary Fields, also known as “Stagecoach Mary,” was the first known African-American woman mail carrier. Image: National Postal Museum

Mary’s melody. The gun-toting mail pioneer known as “Stagecoach Mary” now has her own song.

Mary Fields (1832-1914), the nation’s first known African-American woman mail carrier, is immortalized in a song on the new album “Songs for Extraordinary People” by Michael Hearst.

Hearst’s songs are dedicated to the well-known and lesser-known people whose lives he considers remarkable.

During a recent NPR interview, Hearst discussed Stagecoach Mary’s legacy, which includes opening her own restaurant, becoming a carrier at age 63 and being allowed entry into men-only saloons and pubs.

Drive safely. The Postal Bulletin’s latest edition highlights USPS Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention Month, which is now underway.

The Dec. 7 issue also includes revisions to the International Mail Manual.

Hack alert. Reminder: USPS is alerting employees to beware of a fraudulent LiteBlue site that recently appeared on the internet.

To access the legitimate version of LiteBlue, type this URL into your address bar: Make sure the URL begins with https:// and that there is a “lock” icon in the address bar.

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