News | March 9, 2023

Postal Service Celebrates Toni Morrison on New Stamp

U.S. Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service is celebrating the life and legacy of Toni Morrison with the issue of a new stamp.

“One of the goals of our stamp program is to raise awareness and celebrate the people who represent the very best of our nation,” said Pritha Mehra, USPS chief information officer and executive vice president. “Our new stamp will be seen by millions and forever remind us of the power of her words and the ideas she brought to the world.”

“It was a privilege to photograph Ms. Morrison, an amazing author who contributed so much to the world through her works,” said photographer Deborah Feingold whose portrait of Morrison (1931-2019) appears on the stamp. “However, it is an absolute honor to know that the same photograph capturing a moment in time is now the subject of a Forever stamp."

A letter of tribute from former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama was read and a video tribute from Oprah Winfrey was played during the ceremony at Princeton University where Morrison was the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities.

The stamp features Feingold’s photograph of Toni Morrison against a bright yellow background. Ethel Kessler, a USPS art director, designed the stamp.