Booker T. Washington Becomes First African-American On A U.S. Postage Stamp-This Day 1940

On this day in 1940 African-American educator, author and leader Booker T. Washington became the first African-American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp.

Booker T. Washington grew up in Malden, West Virginia. He wrote 14 books including his autobiography “Up From Slavery.” He died at the age of 59 in 1915.

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