Thurgood Marshall, Jr., whose late father was the first black to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, visited Charleston Tuesday to unveil two new postage stamps commemorating the start of the Civil War.

Marshall, a Washington lawyer who serves on the U.S. Postal Service’s board of governors, said he was honored to be back in Charleston to mark the 150th anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter, "an event that we all know changed the course of our history."

"Since the founding of our country, Americans have wrestled with fundamental questions about the scope of freedom," he said, "and we know that nothing short of our survival as a nation was at stake during the Civil War."

Standing before the enlarged images of two stamps depicting Fort Sumter ablaze and the Battle of Bull Run in northern Virginia, Marshall said the stamps not only will help bind the country together but also celebrate the example that the United States offers every nation.

"Today, many issues remain unresolved by this uniquely American war," he said, "yet one universal truth remains, and that is that we truly are one nation of free men and free women."

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