1957-12-27 Flushing Remonstrance - 300th anniversary
The U.S. Postal Department issued this 3-cent stamp to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the signing of the Flushing Remonstrance and religious freedom in America.
The stamp was designed by Robert Geissmann. An ornamental ribbon bearing the wording "1657 The Flushing Remonstrance 1957" links a bible, a hat and a quill, symbols of man's determination to speak the truth through the written word.
The “Flushing Remonstrance” was a petition of inhabitants of Flushing, Long Island, to Pieter Stuyvesant, Director General of New Netherland, dated December 27, 1657.
It is an iconic record of early Dutch colonial government that proclaimed the necessity of religious freedom of conscience and toleration.
The recorded copy of the Flushing Remonstrance has long been recognized as the earliest political assertion of freedom of conscience and religion in New York.
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