Heritage Stamps Series unveils new stamp at Queens school
by Holly Bieler
Mar 04, 2015 | 3395 views | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Robert Robinson Taylor, the first African-American graduate of MIT and the country’s first academically trained black architect, was honored with his own stamp on Thursday during an unveiling at Jamaica’s Eagle Academy for Young Men.

He is the 38th honoree in the Heritage Stamps Series, announced each February by the USPS in celebration of Black Heritage month.

“It’s tremendous,” said Eagle Academy principal Kanyatte Reid. “There are thousands and thousands of African-American greats, but we don’t know all their names. This is a chance for students to know another.”

He said students had the chance to research Taylor. Originally born in North Carolina in 1868 to a father born into slavery, Taylor graduated from MIT in 1892 and went on to work extensively on the Tuskegee University campus under the recommendation of Booker T. Washington.

“It’s important that young people have knowledge of the work our forefathers did in making this a great nation,” said Manuel Caughman, community liaison for Assemblyman William Scarborough.

Jamaica Postmaster John Lunghi said that the Heritage Stamps program fosters learning throughout the community.

“It’s definitely a method of educating everyone,” he said. “This was an education to me.”

Although Taylor died in 1942, Principal Reid said his example could inspire students born well after his time.

“It gives them another example of greatness to follow, no matter what field they choose,” he said. “Our young people have a lot of obstacles, and they think obstacles will keep them from achieving greatness. They won’t.”

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