Richard Allen was a minister, educator, writer, and one of America's most active and influential black leaders.
StampNews.com is glad to inform that this inspiring figure whose life and work resonate profoundly in American history was commemorated on the 39th stamp in the Black Heritage.
This stamp coincides with the 200th anniversary of Allen's founding of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, one of the most important institutions in African-American life, and his election and consecration as its first bishop.
The stamp art is a portrait of Allen, a detail from an 1876 print titled "Bishops of the A.M.E. Church". Featuring Allen in the center surrounded by ten other bishops and six historical vignettes, the print is from the collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia.
Elected the first bishop of the AME Church in 1816, Allen focused on organizing a denomination where free blacks could worship without racial oppression and where slaves could find a measure of dignity. He worked to upgrade the social status of the black community, organizing Sabbath schools to teach literacy and promoting national organizations to develop political strategies.