The U.S. Postal Service announced that the Alabama Bicentennial Statehood Forever stamp will be issued on February 23 at 10 a.m. CST, at Constitution Hall Park, 109 Gates Ave., in Huntsville, AL. The third-largest city in the state, Huntsville has been home to textile mills, then munitions factories, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command.
This stamp celebrates the bicentennial of Alabama statehood according to a release by the USPS. Alabama was the 22nd state admitted to the Union on Dec. 14, 1819. The stamp art is a photograph taken at sunset in Cheaha State Park.
Alabama photographer Joe Miller took the picture from the park’s Pulpit Rock Trail. With Pulpit Rock in the foreground, most of the area in the valley below the overlook is part of the Talladega National Forest, which surrounds the state park.
The name of the state and the year of statehood are included in the stamp art. The art director is William Gicker. Greg Breeding designed the stamp with Miller’s existing photograph.
“Alabama’s rich history stretches from its earliest inhabitants and settlement by European colonists to its significant role in the civil rights movement and its participation in the nation’s space program," the USPS noted. “The state was at the center of many important events in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, including the 1965 Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, a route now commemorated as a National Historic Trail.”
Along with the 2019 Alabama Bicentennial stamp, there are 87 spaces for stamps in the newly updated Alabama Bicentennial stamp album pages from the American Philatelic Society. Fill a binder with the 30 - 8.5 x 11" color pages, including four blank pages for first-day covers and memorabilia.
In addition to stamps featuring the symbols of the state like the Yellowhammer and camellia flower, Alabama is represented by stamps honoring famous innovators. Booker T. Washington, Civil Rights icons like Rosa Parks, pioneer aviators like C. Alfred “Chief ” Anderson, national musical treasures such as Hank Williams and Nat King Cole, and towering sports figures like Joe Louis and Bear Bryant are all featured on US stamps.
Official postmarks must be requested within 120 days by mail. New stamps may be purchased at a local post office or usps.com/shop. Stamps must be affixed to envelopes (addressed to the postmark recipient) and placed in a larger envelope stamped with the required postage and addressed to:
FDOI – Alabama Statehood Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5¢ charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by June 23, 2019.