Black Heritage: Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable

airbrush painting of a bust of Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable superimposed over a log cabin

Artist: Thomas Blackshear II
Art director: Jerry Pinkney
First day of issue: February 20, 1987

Airbrush, ink, and gouache on board

This striking portrait commemorates the businessman and pioneer who is often honored as the founder of Chicago. By including evocative images of a rural landscape and log cabin, artist Thomas Blackshear underscores Du Sable’s role on the American frontier.

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