The U.S. Postal Service is celebrating the history-making efforts of African American literary icon August Wilson with a commemorative Forever stamp as part of its Black Heritage series.

The post office will honor the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright during a virtual ceremony Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The event will be hosted on USPS’ Facebook and Twitter pages.

USPS will issue a stamp honoring playwright August Wilson as part of its Forever series. (Courtesy of USPS)

Special guests will include Wilson’s daughter Sankina Ansari and his widow Constanza Romero, trustee of the August Wilson Trust.

Wilson, who died in 2005 at age 60, is probably best known for “American Century Cycle,” a series of 10 plays — including “Fences” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” — largely set in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, the neighborhood where Wilson grew up.

The Wilson stamp, which will be the 44th in the Black Heritage series, features an oil painting of the playwright based on a 2005 photograph, with a picket fence behind him as a nod to “Fences.”

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