Heritage Stamp Will Feature Richard Allen, Founder of AME Church

Bishop Richard Allen, founder of the AME Church, will be on a forever stamp Credit: USPS

Bishop Richard Allen, founder of the AME Church, will be on a forever stamp Credit: USPS

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — Richard Allen, the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and it’s first bishop, will be featured on the next issue in the U.S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage Commemorative Series.

The stamp will be unveiled Feb. 2 at Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia.

It is the 39th stamp in the Black Heritage stamp series, which began in 1978 with Harriet Tubman.

Other notable figures to appear in the series include Martin Luther King, Jr., Paul Robeson and Shirley Chisholm.

Allen became the nation’s first black Methodist Episcopal minister when he was ordained by a longtime supporter, Methodist Bishop Francis Asbury, in 1799.

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