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A United States Postal
Forever stamp is
now available with
an image of the
of African American
History and Culture
(NMAAHC). The stamp, which went on sale in October after a “First Day of
Issue Dedication Ceremony” at the NMAAHC, depicts the northwest corner
of the building’s unique three-tiered exterior, with the museum’s name in the
“Black history is inseparable from American history, and the black
experience represents a profound and unique strand of the American story,”
a statement by the Postal Service reads. “This stamp issuance recognizes
the richness of that experience by celebrating the National Museum of
African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.”
The NMAAHC, which opened on September 24, 2016, honors the social,
economic, and cultural contributions that African Americans have made to the
nation over the last several centuries (see “A Long-Awaited National Treasure”
in the January 2017 issue of interiors+sources). It includes exhibition galleries,
an education center, a theater, an auditorium, a cafeteria, a store, and offices.
At 400,000 square feet—with 60 percent of the structure underground—it
was one of the largest and most complex building projects in the country and
the most sustainable national museum ever built.
For Phil Freelon, design director of Perkins+Will’s North Carolina practice
and the lead architect of the four-firm team that designed the NMAAHC,
the production and national circulation of a first-class postage stamp
celebrating the museum is a great honor.
“A stamp commemorating the NMAAHC is a fitting tribute to our capital’s
new national treasure,” he said. “This recognition by the U.S. Postal Service
underscores the importance of the museum as a building and an institution.”
Zena Howard, managing director of Perkins+Will’s North Carolina practice
and senior project manager on the NMAAHC, worked closely with the
Smithsonian Institution and the Postal Service to select the photograph
used on the stamp. She said, “It’s been incredible to see the impact this
museum has had on our nation. To know that it’s now the iconic face of
an American postage stamp that will be seen by the eyes of millions more
people around the world is both electrifying and humbling.”
USPS Issues Forever Stamp