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CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — Henry David Thoreau is being honored on the 200th anniversary of his birth.

The U.S. Postal Service says it plans to hold a special dedication of the recently released stamp of the 19th century American philosopher and naturalist Wednesday at his birthplace in Concord, Massachusetts.

Concord Postmaster Ray White and officials from the Thoreau Farm and Birthplace will highlight Thoreau's "personal example of simple living, his criticism of materialism and the timeless questions he raises about the place of the individual in society."

Thoreau is the writer of the memoir "Walden" and the essay "Civil Disobedience."

The stamp image comes from an oil-on-panel painting of Thoreau's face based on an 1856 daguerreotype by Benjamin Maxham. It also includes his signature and a branch of sumac leaves.

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