Davenport Post Office holding Black Heritage Art Contest


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Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2014, 6:16 pm
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By Stephen Elliott, selliott@qconline.com
DAVENPORT -- The United States Postal Service's Davenport office, at 933 W. 2nd St., is observing Black History Month with a Black Heritage Art Contest.

The 2014 Black Heritage stamp features Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress. Ms. Chisholm ran for president in 1972, becoming the first African American to seek the nomination of a major political party.

Davenport Postmaster Anthony Harris is asking people to submit their artwork to be displayed in the post office lobby. A celebration service for those who participate will be held in March.

The Postal Service Black Heritage Stamps of African Americans started on Feb. 1, 1978.

Mr. Harris is the first African American postmaster in the Quad-Cities. The art contest is primarily for students, but Mr. Harris said he will not turn away adults if they want their artwork displayed.

For more information, call the postal office at 563-323-0306.
























 



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