Admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, West Virginia is one of only two new states created during the war and the only one created by separation from a Confederate state. Located entirely within the Appalachian Highlands, West Virginia is now known as the Mountain State. Its official motto reflects the realities of topography as well as its individualistic spirit: montani semper liberi, “mountaineers are always free.”
The Made in American stamp sheet, which includes this stamp featuring a coal miner, will be issued Thursday, August 8, in Washington, D.C., and dedicated Friday, August 9, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Coal miner stamp to surface at W-B Post Office - Times Leader
The 36th stamp in the Black Heritage series will honor pioneering tennis player Althea Gibson. The first African American to win one of the four major singles tournaments, Gibson also helped integrate the sport of tennis at the height of the civil rights movement.
We are very excited to reveal the second stamp in the new Music Icons series. This one honors Johnny Cash. Known to many simply as "the Man in Black," Johnny Cash influenced not only country music but also folk, gospel, rock, and other genres. His many hits include “I Walk the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues.” Do you have a favorite? (Name and likeness under license from the John R. Cash Revocable Trust.)
This year we are proud to continue our commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 with a stamp on the Battle of Lake Erie. This critical battle produced an American naval hero, Oliver Hazard Perry, and gave us the famous line, "We have met the enemy and they are ours."
Kids will love the set of 2013 stamps we're revealing today. Who wouldn't be excited about stamps showing kids doing headstands, playing soccer and basketball, doing a cannonball into a pool, and other fun activities?! These 15 stamps, called Just Move!, encourage young Americans and the adults in their lives to be physically active. A release date for the Just Move! stamps has not yet been set.