Lafayette, La.KLFY) – Retired Professor UL Lafayette, now deceased, will appear on the January postage stamp.
Ernest J. Gaines will be featured on the stamp as the 46th Feature in the US Postal Service’s Black Heritage Series. An image of Gaines wearing a trademark beret.
Gaines is an acclaimed author and UL Lafayette Honorary Writer.
From 1983 until his retirement in 2010, he taught creative writing at a university.
Gaines passed away in November 2018 at the age of 86. After his retirement, Gaines worked on establishing the University’s Ernest J. Gaines Center. This is the international center of research on Gaines and his fiction housed in Edith Garland’s Duprée Library.
Gaines’ most notable book was The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. This is a first-person story of a fictitious 110-year-old woman who was born into slavery.
Another of his most famous books, A Lesson Before Dying, revolves around the story of an illiterate man who is unjustly sentenced to death.
After its publication in 1993, it won a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and was named Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Book Club.