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Activity The Innovators Gallery

Ages 12 and older.

In 1993, the U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp in Percy Julian's honor. What other pioneers or innovators deserve to be featured on a stamp? Do some research and come up with a suggestion of your own, or choose an innovator from the list on this page. Once you've made your choice, conduct research at your library to learn more about this person. Then use the space below, design your stamp, and write a short essay on why your subject deserves to be commemorated. Your entry will be displayed in "The Innovators Gallery" at the library so that library patrons can vote to determine which proposed stamp(s) is the most popular in your community. So put your artistic ability to work!


  • St. Elmo Brady
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Jane Goodall
  • Meredith Gourdine
  • Mae Jemison
  • Sabrina Kay
  • Lewis Latimer
  • Antonia Novello
  • Ellen Ochoa
  • Rosa Parks
  • Chief Red Cloud
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Tamara Ulibarri
  • Jerry Yang (engineer)

My Innovator's Name: _________________________

Stamp border






Learning More

Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today's Youth
by Rosa Parks and Gregory J. Reed. Lee & Low Books, 1997.
Includes questions to Mrs. Parks from young people and her responses.

Biography Project
Presents profiles of Chicano/Latino and Native American scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.

Julian stamp

Learn about some of the other scientists who have been featured on stamps at:

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