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Mary and Henry Bibb

Mary and Henry Bibb

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2009

Mary and Henry Bibb

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Essex
The City of Windsor
At 3277 Sandwich Street between
Brock Street and Mill Street


Coordinates: N 42 18.031 W 83 04.586

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Plaque Text

Arriving as refugees from slavery in the United States, Mary and Henry Bibb fought all their lives to improve the well-being of the African Canadian community. A year after they settled in Sandwich in 1850, they founded a militant abolitionist newspaper, Voice of the Fugitive. Facing discrimination in the public school system, they established their own schools to improve the education of Black children and adults. These achievements and their involvement in the organization of the North American Convention of Colored Freemen in 1851 made the Bibbs one of the country's most influential couples of African descent.

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