Black Heritage Stamp on Charles W. Chesnutt

February is Black History Month and the US Postal Service is celebrating with the release of a new Black Heritage stamp.

This is the 31st stamp unveiled in the Black Heritage series.

This year's honoree is Charles W. Chesnutt.

He is known for having been an essayist, folklorist, and novelist.

Chesnutt won national acclaim for his depiction of African-Americans before and after the civil war.

Also part of this month is the 19th annual Black History Program.

The Roanoke main post office is again working with area churches and organizations to put on the event.

This year's theme is "The Story of Us - Celebrating American Diversity."

In addition to the vendors, there will be an open forum discussion during the first hour followed by entertainment from area school bands and performers.

The Black History Program is this Sunday from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM at William Fleming High School.

For more information call 540-985-8828.

Each year a non-profit organization is highlighted.

This year's program will support Apple Ridge Farms.

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