Founder of African Methodist Episcopal Church To be Honored

at Madam Walker Theatre, Feb. 4, 2016

January 29, 2016 @USPS

Black Heritage stamp honoree Richard Allen

Indianapolis, IN — As part of Black History Month 2016, the U.S. Postal Service will recognize the life and legacy of 39th Black Heritage Stamp honoree Richard Allen at the Madam Walker Theatre in Indianapolis on February 4, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Activist, preacher and civic leader Richard Allen (1760-1831) was born into slavery, but purchased his freedom while in his twenties. This year’s Black Heritage Stamp coincides with the 200th anniversary of Allen's founding of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Philadelphia, and his election and consecration as its first bishop.

Joining Greater Indiana District Manager Larry Diegel and Indianapolis Postmaster Gary Soultz as well as other postal executives at the event will be members of the Central Indiana Ministerial Alliance (CIMA). These include Dr. Michael Carson, CIMA president, Presiding Elder Samuel L. Sumner, Indiana South District, Presiding Elder Dr. E. Anne Henning Byfield, Indiana North District, Rev. Dr. Charlesfontaine Macon, CIMA vice-president and Rev. Lenore G. Williams.  There will be a solo performance by Evangelist Catherine L. Carson, Coppin Chapel AME Church. A representative of Congressman Andre Carson will also be participating in the ceremony.

Members of the public are very welcome to attend this event. Stamps and stamp products will be available for purchase in the lobby of the theatre.

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