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
The first black female newspaper editor in North America, Mary Ann Shadd Cary found a refuge and a springboard in Windsor, Ontario.
Harriet Tubman is the woman who became known as “Grandma Moses”. She was given the nickname for leading her people to freedom in Canada. She was also known as ‘General’ for having led a raid in the American Civil War. March 10th in the United States is dedicated to her memory.
The first slave transaction in Canada was over a child. But records suggest Olivier Le Jeune was eventually bought and sold into a better life.
Mathieu Da Costa, the first black man to arrive in Canada, is said to have been born in the Azores. The Mathieu da Costa Challenge is an annual event in Canada now. Young people across the country compete with compositions and drawings that express Canada’s unique history and diversity.