Mary Ann Shadd was a teacher, a publisher and an activist in the cause of abolition.

Mary Ann Shadd, a free Black American, came to Canada in 1851 to open a school. She stayed on to co-found a newspaper and to become the first woman publisher in this country. She was famously passionate in her views and argumentative in style. She pushed the debate on freedom – and what freedom should look like – to new levels.

David Shadd Collection, Library and Archives Canada
c. 1850
Photograph
1960-092 / C-029977
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