U.S. Postal office unveils John Lewis stamp

Published 7:25 am Friday, June 23, 2023

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The United States Postal Office announced this week that former Congressman and Civil Rights Historian John Lewis will have a stamp in his honor.

Lewis was an original member of the Freedom Riders, and Alabama state troopers fractured his skull in Selma on March 7, 1965 during “Bloody Sunday.”

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell called Lewis an inspiration and mentor..

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“I miss him everyday!! Great day to honor the great Congressman John Lewis with a U.S. postage stamp,” Sewell said.

Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr.  said he’s pleased that Lewis is being honored.

“What an honor to have the United States Postal Service issue a stamp recognizing the voting rights work of the Honorable John Lewis,” Perkins said.

“As mayor of Selma, I acknowledge that we celebrate with the nation the accomplishments of Congressman Lewis. This is a great reminder to all of us that ‘good trouble’ is righteous work that should be remembered and celebrated.

Lewis served in the House from 1987 until his death on July 17, 2020, months after he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Lewis’ body lay in state at Historic Brown AME Church.

The design for the stamp uses a photograph taken by Marco Grob for a 2013 issue of Time magazine.