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Black History Month

USPS August Wilson Stamp Release

All Month Long

Wright Museum CEO Neil Barclay, Founding President of the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, and United States Postal Service Representative Rick Morton will deliver remarks on the 44th stamp in the Black Heritage series honoring playwright August Wilson (1945-2005), who brought fresh perspectives and previously unheard voices to the American stage.

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Between 1982 and 2005, Wilson wrote his acclaimed American Century Cycle. This series of 10 plays includes nine set in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, the neighborhood where Wilson grew up. With one play for each decade of the 20th century, including such well-known works as “Fences,” “The Piano Lesson” and “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” the American Century Cycle plays have been praised for being emotionally powerful but not sentimental, and for demonstrating Wilson’s ear for African American storytelling traditions.

Wilson was one of only a handful of American playwrights to receive the Pulitzer Prize more than once. Today, he is hailed as a trailblazer for helping to bring nonmusical African American drama to the forefront of American theater. The new Forever stamp features an oil painting of Wilson based on a 2005 photograph. Behind him, a picket fence alludes to the title “Fences.” 

New stamps will also be sold onsite at The Wright Museum.

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