Mount Vernon celebrates Black History Month by honoring Shirley Chisholm, first African-American woman elected to Congress

A new postage stamp was unveiled honoring the late Shirley Chisholm at Mount Vernon City Hall. (2/11/14)

MOUNT VERNON - The city of Mount Vernon marked Black History Month today by honoring the first African-American woman ever elected to Congress.

A new postage stamp was unveiled honoring the late Shirley Chisholm at Mount Vernon City Hall.

Chisholm who represented New York in Congress was the first African-American to make a serious bid for the presidency.

She was also one of the first women to seek the job.

Although Chisholm died in 2005, she is still a beacon of hope for many.

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