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Bishop Richard Allen Commemorative US Postage Stamp

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Richard Allen (1760-1831), was the founder and the first elected and consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. His numerous accomplishments placed him within a frontline vanguard of African American leaders in the early American republic.

We petition the United States Postal Service to create a stamp honoring Bishop Richard Allen, a true American whose life and legacy has impacted millions throughout the world.

As one of American’s strongest early advocates for racial equality, Bishop Richard Allen is often considered an intellectual precursor to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his extraordinary life shows a man deeply devoted to his religion, his community, and his desire to expand the rights of African Americans. We, the undersigned, feel he should be honored today by America the same way he honored American and his fellow man.


Rev. Dennis Laffoon Bethel A.M.E. Church Bloomington, IN


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