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WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Postal Service is set to unveil a new limited edition forever stamp honoring the renowned poet and author Maya Angelou.

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The postal service is hosting a ceremony Tuesday at the Warner Theatre in Washington to dedicate the stamp. The ceremony is free and open to the public at 11 a.m.

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(credit: U.S. Postal Service)

(credit: U.S. Postal Service)

The Angelou stamp showcases the artwork of Atlanta artist Ross Rossin. His oil painting of Angelou is part of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery collection and is being displayed until Nov. 1. Rossin says the goal of his art is to transcend hyperrealism.

The stamp features a quotation by Angelou. It reads: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Art director Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Maryland, designed the stamp.

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