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Canada Post Stamps Commemorating Black History Month: Abraham Doras Shadd & Rosemary Brown

Canada Post Stamps Commemorating Black History Month: Abraham Doras Shadd & Rosemary Brown

208 years after Abraham Doras Shadd’s birth he is being commemorated on a Canada Post stamp. His passion was civil rights. He was a conductor on the Underground Railroad, President of the National Convention for the Improvement of Free People of Colour (1833) and participated actively in the American Anti-Slavery Society.

During 1851, Shadd, his wife and their 13 children moved to North Buxton where he became the first black man to be elected to a political office as Counsellor of Raleigh Township. In 1849, Buxton’s Elgin Settlement was one of four organized black settlements to come into existence in Canada.

See Shadd’s family history records on Ancestry.ca:

Dr. Rosemary Brown (1930 – 2003) moved to Canada from Jamaica in the early 1950s to attend McGill University. In 1955, she relocated to British Columbia, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of British Columbia. During her career she raised three children. Here’s a list of some of Brown’s accomplishments (and we thought we were busy!):

  • Rosemary Brown was first Black woman elected to the B.C. legislature, where she served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for 14 years until 1986 when she retired from politics.
  • From 1993 to 1996, Brown served as Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission
  • She established the Vancouver Status of Women in 1972
  • In 1975, she sought the federal leadership of the New Democratic Party and lost to Ed Broadbent by a matter of four votes
  • She was a Professor in women's studies at Simon Fraser University
  • A Member of the British Columbia Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (BCAAP), and the Voice of Women.
  • She was made an officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of British Columbia
  • CEO for MATCH International, an international development agency run by and for women and she had weekly appearances on a national television program called “People in Conflict”
  • She was a founding member of the Vancouver Crisis Centre.

There’s an excellent National Film Board documentary about Rosemary Brown. For Jackson: A Time Capsule from His Two Grandmothers

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