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Here’s what Link covered March 10-16

Stories about the Underground Railroad and St. Patrick’s Day were in the mix

A woman dressed as Harriet Tubman stands with her hand up and fingers splayed.
Millicent Sparks portrays Harriet Tubman at the recent Underground Railroad stamp ceremony.

Last week, Link brought you coverage of the dedication ceremony for the Underground Railroad stamps.

The event was held March 9 in Church Creek, MD, at a visitor center named for Harriet Tubman, a conductor for the Underground Railroad and one of the 10 people featured on the stamps.

“For many enslaved African Americans, the Underground Railroad was their only hope to escape the brutality of slavery,” said Ronald A. Stroman, a member of the USPS Board of Governors. “It demonstrated the power of collective action and solidarity in achieving social change, even when the odds seemed insurmountable.”

We also cast a spotlight on Church Creek, a once-bustling center of commerce where Tubman first became privy to the communication network that clued her in to the routes and safe houses that eventually became known as the Underground Railroad.

Elsewhere, we previewed this year’s USPS career conferences and told you about a series of videos on the new Postal Service Health Benefits Program, and we got into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day by looking back at five stamps that honored Americans of Irish descent.

Additionally, Link covered the recent White House ceremony where USPS unveiled artwork for a new stamp honoring Betty Ford.

Participants included Postmaster General Louis DeJoy; Jill Biden, the first lady; and Susan Ford Bales, Ford’s daughter.

Finally, we went “On the Job” with Lauren Ireland, a Long Beach, CA, postal inspector, and “Off the Clock” with John Hyatt, a Corporate Communications writer and editor who helps organize the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in San Diego.

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s really rewarding to see people enjoying and connecting with their heritage — or if they’re not Irish, enjoying being Irish for the day,” Hyatt said.