Stamp honoring Lady Bird Johnson unveiled

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Associated Press

Posted on December 1, 2012 at 9:32 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The smiling face of Lady Bird Johnson, who during her time as the nation's first lady advocated for the environment, appears on a new postage stamp that was dedicated Friday by the U.S. Postal Service in Austin.

The ceremony marked the 47th anniversary of her husband, President Lyndon B. Johnson, signing legislation she supported that helped beautify America's highways. The event was held at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

"Lady Bird Johnson changed the face of America — literally," said Thurgood Marshall Jr., chairman of the postal service's Board of Governors.

"She believed we had a responsibility to our environment to restore what had been damaged — and to remember what had been neglected. That's why she led campaigns to clean up our cities and urged more Americans to visit national parks," he said. "One of her proudest achievements was the Highway Beautification Act. She was so vocal in her support for the legislation that it became known as 'Lady Bird's Bill.'"

Her daughters, Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Johnson Robb, joined Marshall at the dedication ceremony. Their mother, a Texas native, passed away in 2007.

Luci Baines Johnson, now an Austin businesswoman, said her family was grateful for the commemorative stamp honoring her mother. She said it would "remind us forever of the difference she made on our environment and our commitment to serve those most in need."

The Lady Bird Johnson souvenir sheet features six stamps, including one of her official White House portrait. The sheet also included a quote from the former first lady reflecting her belief that the environment was common ground, and a black-and-white image of her taken from a family photograph shot in 1963 by Yoichi Okamoto. Text on the back highlights some of her successes.

The stamps are available at post offices in Texas and in the Washington metropolitan area, as well as online and by calling the U.S. Postal Service.

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