Alton-born and longtime East St. Louis resident, and jazz legend, Miles Davis is being honored with a postage stamp of his own. It was unveiled during a special ceremony at city Hall in East St. Louis. The stamp is what's known as a "forever stamp," meaning it can always be used to mail a first-class letter, no matter the price of postage.
The stamp depicts a classic pose of Davis, knees bent slightly as he arches backward while playing his trumpet. Davis has made the news in recent weeks after Alton Mayor Tom Hoechst announced the formation of a group that was working on placing a statue of Davis in downtown Alton. The exact location has not been announced and the committee is currently seeking bids and design proposals. Davis was born in Alton in 1926 and his family moved to East St. Louis a year later. A second stamp, honoring singer Edith Piaf of France was also unveiled yesterday