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Mary Ann Shadd Cary 1823-1893

Mary Ann Shadd Cary 1823-1893

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

Mary Ann Shadd Cary 1823-1893 Mary Ann Shadd Cary 1823-1893

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Plaque Location

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent
In Chatham
outside the Woodstock Institute Sertoma Help Centre
at 177 King Street East, west of Princess Street

Coordinates: N 42 24.364 W 82 10.535


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Plaque Text

African Americans came to Canada in increasing numbers after the United States passed the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850. Some settled in segregated communities; others, like Mary Ann Shadd, promoted full integration into society. A teacher and anti-slavery crusader, Shadd immigrated to Windsor in 1851. She started the "Provincial Freeman" in 1853 to encourage Blacks to seek equality through education and self-reliance. Two years later she moved the newspaper to Chatham, where it operated for the rest of the decade. Widowed in 1860, Shadd Cary returned to the U.S. in 1863 to work for racial equality in the aftermath of emancipation. She was the first Black woman known to have edited a North American newspaper.

Another plaque at this location
Mary Ann Shadd (Cary) (1823-1893)

Related Ontario plaques
The Provincial Freeman
The Underground Railroad in Canada

Related Toronto plaque
Mary Ann Shadd Cary 1823-1893



Black History

Other Plaques in Chatham
The Abolition Movement in British North America
Chatham Blockhouse 1794
David Mills 1831-1903
Dr. Anderson Ruffin Abbott 1837-1913
Emily Ferguson Murphy 1868-1933
Jean McKishnie Blewett 1862-1934
John Brown's Convention 1858
Kent County Court House
Mary Ann Shadd (Cary) (1823-1893)
Old St. Paul's Church & Christ Church
The Provincial Freeman

Chatham-Kent Plaques

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