|Date of Issue||January 1, 2013|
First-Class Forever Commemorative
|Perforation or Dimension||0.98 x 1.56 in./24.89 x 39.62 mm|
|Issue Location||Washington, DC 20066|
|Postal Administration||United States|
On January 1, 2013, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will issue an Emancipation Proclamation commemorative First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® stamp priced at 45 cents) in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 1, 2013.
With this 2013 stamp, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Abraham Lincoln signed on January 1, 1863. Lincoln’s proclamation, issued nearly two years into the Civil War, declared that all slaves in the rebel states of the Confederacy “are, and henceforward shall be free.”
The stamp art uses that powerful statement, “Henceforward Shall Be Free,” on a design evocative of broadsides from the Civil War era.
Lincoln believed the Emancipation Proclamation, potentially applying to several million African-American slaves in the South, was the “central act of my administration, and the great event of the nineteenth century.” According to many historians, only the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States have had as great an impact on human life and liberty for so many.
One provision of the proclamation authorized enlisting African Americans in the Union army. Some 180,000 blacks subsequently joined the army, and nearly 40,000 gave their lives fighting for freedom.
Art director Antonio Alcalá worked with graphic designer Gail Anderson to produce this important commemorative stamp, one of a civil rights set being issued in 2013.
The Emancipation Proclamation stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp in self-adhesive sheets of 20.