Stamp honors first African-American Congresswoman

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The U.S. Postal Service is honoring the first African-American Congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm.

The USPS is releasing a limited edition Black Heritage Forever Stamp featuring Chisholm, which was unveiled on Tuesday at Forest Lawn Cemetery. She and her husband are both interred there.

Those who were close to the Congresswoman say she was a pioneer. Chisholm even made a run at the Democratic nomination for president in 1972.

Buffalo NAACP President Frank Mesiah said, “That was unheard of. She was not supposed to be doing that. And to be a part of that history and to see that evolution is rewarding to me, and especially the young people around, who may take that stuff for granted.”

Chisholm served New York’s 12th Congressional District for 14 years. She passed away in 2005. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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