Officials from the local Post Office unveiled the latest Black Heritage stamp at
Elizabeth City State University. The stamp features Grammy Award winning jazz singer
Fitzgerald is the 30th African-American featured on the Black Heritage postal stamp
which salutes outstanding African-American activists, theorists, educators and leaders.
The U.S. Postal Service released the stamp earlier in January, but cities across American
are unveiling the new stamp for local stamp collectors and jazz fans. Fitzgerald's
fans remember her for a repertoire of ballads and jazz lead vocals for some of the
most widely acclaimed orchestra's in the world. The Newport News, Virginia native
traveled around the world singing the songs that won her 13 Grammy awards and recognition
for over 40 million albums sold. During her career, she sang with many of the music
industry's icons: Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Bennie
The unveiling of a Black Heritage stamp was a history making event as the university
welcomed Elizabeth City's first African American postmaster, Ms. Kesha Holifield.
The ECSU Jazz Ensemble provided selections of Fitzgerald's music in celebration of
the latest recognition reserved for "The First Lady of Song." Request the new stamp
at local Post Offices while supplies last.
Fans of Ella Fitzgerald are celebrating the release of the U.S. Postal Service's latest
addition to the Black Heritage commemorative stamps. Local officials unveiled the
stamp at the K. E. White Graduate Center at Elizabeth City State University. Standing
left to right: Elizabeth City Mayor Rev. Dr. Charles Foster; Dr. Willie Gilchrist,
interim chancellor; Ms. Kesha Holifield, postmaster for Elizabeth City; Mrs. Virginia