BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - The founder of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church will be featured on the U.S. Postal Service's Black Heritage series stamps.
Richard Allen (1760-1831) was a preacher, activist and civic leader. The USPS says the stamp with his likeness coincides with the 200th anniversary of Allen's founding of the AME Church, considered one of the most important institutions in African-American life, and his election and consecration as its first bishop.
"Richard Allen was a tireless preacher, who embraced his mission, and established a concrete foundation for others to follow in his footsteps," Postmaster Sarah Augustine said.
Allen's Forever stamp is the 39th one in a series the USPS began in 1978. The first honoree was abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
The Forever stamp will be unveiled this Saturday at Bethel AME Church, 1358 South Street in Baton Rouge. A ceremony is set to begin at 1 p.m.