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3c Landing of First Colonists signed pane of 20

Liberia1949

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Signed by their designer, the noted illustrator Arthur Szyk, these stamps romanticize the arrival of the first African Americans at Liberia in 1821. Most of the 164 emigrants on board the ship Nautilus (visible in the background) were from North Carolina and were under eighteen years old. Within a year, 25% died from malaria.

Museum ID: 0.263967.1.1-20

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