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Click to register for ceremony.

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ESPER member helped bring Negro Leagues record into MLB record books

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ESPER Day in Marland. Click on icon for information and  free tickets

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First Day of Issue Ceremony in New York

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Underground Railroad

Ceremony in New York

April 30, 2024

Welcome to ESPER Video 

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Our founder Dr. Esper G. Hayes

The video is a

introduction to ESPER

This is Dr. Hayes' last known interview.  It was at our

30th anniversary in 2018.

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APS Reflecting with  ESPER Video

Interview wit Howard Ingram, Walter Faison, Charlene Blair and Clarence McKnight

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Click on embedded websites for more information (page 39). 

ESPER is featured in APS  video file: The Philatelic Files Episode 4 ESPER. Rosina Major and Don Neal star in the video, and Betty Lewis has a cameo appearance.

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ESPER members in video plus

The APS Great American Stamp Show

When: August 15-18, 2024

Location: Hartford, CT

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My One -Page Exhibit 2024

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2021, 2022, 2023 and  2024

"The Lion of Anacostia"

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Exhibit by Don Neal

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By National Postal Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum


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Stamps Being Issued

 July  and August 2024 

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U.S. Postal Service and We Are Teachers are proud to announce The USPS Pen Pal Project, a new, free educational program for grade 3-5 students.

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African-American stamps being issued in 2024

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The Underground Railroad Issued

March 9, 2024 

Church Creek, MD

Hank Aaron

Date of Issue July 31

at 10:00 am

Truist Park Stadium

Atlanta, Ga


Date of Issue: September  25

​Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Constance Baker Motley

Will be issued

January 31, 2024 

 New York, New York

Stamp Ceremonies Pages for 2023

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African-American stamps issued in 2023

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Ernest J. Gaines  

stamp was issued 

Monday, January 23, 2023,

in Lafayette, Louisiana.


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Toni Morrison

stamp was issued

Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at

Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey.

Ernest J. Gaines 

Stamp Ceremony

January 23, 2023

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 John Lewis

stamp was issued Friday, July 21, in Atlanta, Georgia.

(Click on stamp for special page.)

John Lewis

Stamp Ceremony

July 21, 2023

Toni Morrison

Stamp Ceremony

March 7, 2023

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Art of Ceremony  

stamp was issued

Friday, March 24, 2023,

in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Meet the Artists
Behind the USPS’s
‘Art of the Skateboard’ Stamps.

Black History Month Stamp Honours Mary Ann Shadd

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Black History Month

Honour Mary Ann Shadd

Issued January 23, 2024

Cancellation: Chatham, Ontario

 Illustrator: Natasha Cunningham

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Mary Ann Shadd  Booklet

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Mary Ann Shadd Booklet Cover and Back

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Mary Ann Shadd First Day Cover

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Back of First Day Cover

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Our April 2024, 2rd Quarter 

 issue is ready for viewing in the

Members Only Section. 

Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections

The Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections (ESPER) is an international stamp society dedicated to promoting the collecting of stamps and philatelic material depicting people and events related to the African diaspora and to encouraging and supporting the interest and participation of Black people in all aspects of philately. It is ESPER's sincere hope that visiting our website not only will enhance your knowledge of stamp collecting and Black heritage, but also will create a desire to start or revive your own collection of stamps or other philatelic material. 

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