A forever stamp will be issued Feb. 2 to commemorate Richard Allen (1760-1831), an important figure in the United States abolitionist movement and the founder and first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal church.
The stamp will be issued with a first-day ceremony scheduled for noon at the Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, 419 S. Sixth St. (at Lombard) in Philadelphia, Pa., the site of the first A.M.E. church established by Allen.
The stamp will be issued in a pane of 20 as the 39th issue in the U.S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage Commemorative Series. The stamp additionally commemorates the 200th anniversary of Allen’s founding of the A.M.E. Church, described by the USPS as “one of the most important institutions in African-American life.”
He became the nation’s first black Methodist Episcopal minister when he was ordained by a longtime supporter, Methodist Bishop Francis Asbury, in 1799. However, the new Philadelphia church Allen founded continued to face challenges from white church leaders.
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SOURCE: The Dallas Weekly