Stamp celebrates 1st black congresswoman, Brooklyn native Shirley Chisholm

The stamp features a painting of the former congresswoman by Robert Shetterly and was introduced during a special ceremony at Brooklyn Borough Hall. (1/31/14)

BROOKLYN - The U.S. Postal Service honored Brooklyn native and former Rep. Shirley Chisholm with a postal stamp on Friday.

The stamp, which features a painting of the former congresswoman by Robert Shetterly, was introduced during a special ceremony at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

Chisholm was the first black woman to serve in Congress and was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972.

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The Chisholm stamp is the 37th issue in the Black Heritage Series.

The limited addition stamp is available at post offices and online.

For extended video on the celebration, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 

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