Emancipation Proclamation Forever Stamp (Photo: USPS)
(WXIA) -- The United States Postal service unveiled a limited-edition stamp on Friday that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
According to a USPS spokeswoman, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The document declared all slaves held by confederate to be freed.
The Emancipation Proclamation Forever Stamp, reported the spokeswoman, is the first of three to be released that will honor courage and equality during the civil rights movement.
The stamp was designed by Gail Anderson and Antonio Acala. It reads 'Henceforward Shall Be Free' along with President Lincoln's name and the year 1863.
Anderson printed the stamp at Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tenn., one of the oldest working letterpress print shops.
Local post offices will begin selling the stamp on January 2, 2013.