The United States Postal Service has selected Richard Allen for its 2016 Black Heritage stamp. Join us for the unveiling of the Richard Allen stamp at Metropolitan AME Sunday, February 14, 2016, 10:15am. The official unveiling took place at Mother Bethel AME in Philadelphia on February. Since most of our members could not attend, we are bringing an unveiling to Metropolitan with the U.S. Deputy Postmaster General, Ron Stroman doing the unveiling during our Founder’s Day Service. Invite your family, friends and associates to join us for this historical event.
Oral history has noted that an earlier attempt was made to have a Richard Allen stamp designated near the 100th anniversary of the AME Church. A prototypical photo was drawn and circulated. lt was reportedly stated that while the founding of the AME Church was noteworthy, the firewall between government and religion would make it ill-advisable to honor that request.
In 2004, a petition drive was initiated, and with the help of a loyal following of AMEs, members of the AME Zion, Christian Methodist Episcopal, United Methodist, Baptist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Moravian, Disciples of Christ, United Church of Christ, International Council of Community Churches, Divine 9 Greek organizations, Masons, Elks, media, press, local neighborhood groups, family, and friends, 40,000 signatures were validated among thousands of petition signers. The waiting, praying and petitioning paid off, and we learned that The USPS had selected Richard Allen as the 2016 Black Heritage Stamp honoree. We thank all the leaders within and outside the AME Church for making this happen. We offer a special thanks to Sister Jackie Dupont-Walker for her tireless work to bring out this recognition in time for the church’s bicentennial.
We want to have the earliest sell-out of any commemorative stamp in US Postal history. Please continue to order the stamp online and purchase them at your local post office. Give them as gifts and mail letters and cards just to show off “our stamp”.