William Hall

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Source: Trials and triumphs : the story of African-Canadians Lawrence Hill — © Public Domain

Black men fought in the battles that shaped our history and this is the story of the first awarded the Victoria Cross. A branch of the Canadian Legion in Halifax was eventually named in his honor and in 1967 William Hall’s medals were returned to Canada from England for display at Expo ’67 in Montreal. Now they are in the Nova Scotia Museum.

Fils d’un ancien esclave, William Hall a été le premier Noir et le premier Néo-Écossais à recevoir la Croix de Victoria, la plus haute distinction de l’Empire britannique, pour bravoure militaire.  En 2010, Postes Canada a émis un timbre pour souligner sa remarquable histoire et honorer sa mémoire.

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Ceremonial Drum 1 – (A. Piner) – Attic – AVF 106 CD
Narrator: Conrad Coates

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