African Americans on Postage Stamps

Richard Wright


61-cent Richard Wright stamp
The Richard Wright stamp was issued on April 9, 2009.

Richard Wright is best remembered for his controversial 1940 novel, Native Son, and his 1945 autobiography, Black Boy. Throughout his career, Wright drew on a wide range of literary traditions, including protest writing and detective fiction, to craft unflinching portrayals of racism in American society. Wright's connections to stamps and the mail are deeper than most who have been honored on a U.S. postage stamp since he worked for the Chicago Post Office from 1927 to 1930 as a letter sorter.

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