Thomas Blackshear

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Thomas Blackshear is an African-American artist, many of whose paintings adorn Evangelical churches. He is also a sculptor and a designer of ornaments, often of African American themes.

Blackshear designed illustrations for numerous postage stamps issued by the United States Postal Service (USPS),[1] including four in the Black Heritage stamp series:[2]

A touring exhibit of his Black Heritage works premiered in 1992 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.[3]

Other U.S. postage stamps with Blackshear illustrations include portraits of Joe Louis, Jelly Roll Morton and Thelonious Monk for the Jazz Series, and illustrations for stamps commemorating James Cagney, The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Beau Geste and Stagecoach for the Classic Hollywood Movies series, as well as several stamps for Classic Movie Monsters. He also illustrated the USPS book I Have A Dream: A Collection of Black Americans on U.S. Postage Stamps (1991).[1]


  1. ^ a b Biographical notes, Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections. Accessed online 5 November 2006.
  2. ^ Black Heritage Stamp Issues 1978 to 2002, Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections. Accessed 5 November 5, 2006.
  3. ^ Thomas Blackshear II, Accessed online 5 November 2006.

  • Jeff Sharlet (2005). "Soldiers of Christ: I. Inside America's most powerful megachurch". Harper's. 310 (1860): 41–54. . The article is illustrated with Blackshear's artwork.

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