1963 March on Washington Honored With Postage Stamp

The image shows marchers carrying placards calling for jobs and equal rights, with the Washington Monument as a backdrop.

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The U.S. Postal Service on Friday unveiled a new stamp that commemorates the historic 1963 March on Washington, the Associated Press reports. The image shows marchers carrying placards calling for jobs and equal rights, with the Washington Monument as a backdrop.

Rep. John Lewis remembers the moment well: More than 250,000 people marching toward the Lincoln Memorial, rallying for jobs and justice, as he prepared to deliver a passionate speech at the March on Washington. 

Almost 50 years later, Lewis returned to that day as he gazed at an image of marchers carrying placards calling for jobs and equal rights, with the Washington Monument as a backdrop. The moment is captured on the newest postage stamp, unveiled Friday, to commemorate the civil rights movement. 

"I'm more than lucky. I am very blessed to come here and see the unveiling of this beautiful stamp," Lewis said during a ceremony at the Newseum. Now 73, he is the last surviving organizer of the historic march.

Read more at the Associated Press.

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