— Fighting Slavery, Harriet Tubman
Born a slave, abolitionist Harriet Tubman was the first African-American woman to be honored on a U.S. postage stamp. After escaping slavery in 1849, Tubman returned to the south many times to bring other slaves to freedom, including members of her own family. This dangerous work made her a conductor for the famed Underground Railroad, which helped many slaves escape to freedom before and during the Civil War. She served the Union Army during the Civil War as a scout and spy.
Harriet Tubman was the first honoree in the Black Heritage series.
Source: United States Postal Service Smithsonian's National Postal Museum