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Paying homage

Events celebrate African-American trailblazers

African-American History Month exhibit
Twana Barber, a Southern Area strategic communications specialist, left, visits an African-American History Month exhibit at the Dallas Processing and Distribution Center. The exhibit was organized by Renee Cobb, a data collection technician.

The Postal Service hosted events throughout February to mark African-American History Month.

Observances included special dedication ceremonies for the Lena Horne stamp, the newest entry in the Black Heritage series.

At an event in Indianapolis, Greater Indiana District Manager Todd Hawkins said Horne’s “intellect, spirit and unrelenting pursuit of justice, righteousness and fairness are what made her special.”

In Mt. Vernon, NY, Mayor Richard Thomas joined USPS and community leaders at city hall to dedicate the stamp and celebrate Horne’s life and legacy.

Employees also took part in African-American History Month educational activities.

Renee Cobb, a data collection technician, organized an exhibition of African-American memorabilia for her co-workers at the Dallas Processing and Distribution Center. The display included artifacts, books, artwork and music.

At USPS headquarters in Washington, DC, John Franklin, cultural historian at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, delivered remarks and screened a documentary, “Veterans of Color.”

Black Heritage stamps were a popular attraction at several community events.

In Hyattsville, MD, part of Capital Metro Area, the Postal Service sold stamps at an event organized by Turner Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church.

“I like the Black Heritage stamps because it’s who we are,” said attendee David Johnson. “It’s our history.”

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