Mary Ann Shadd

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Mary Ann Shadd (1823-1893), Publisher, Educator and Abolitionist

The US-born Mary Ann Shadd Cary was the first Black female publisher in Canada. She founded and edited The Provincial Freeman. She also established a racially integrated school for Black refugees in Windsor, Ontario. Shadd was among several Americans who moved to Canada to be set free from enslavement. She wrote educational booklets that outlined the advantages of (pre-Confederation) Canada for settlers moving north. From 1853 to 1860, her newspaper The Provincial Freeman profiled Black American expatriates who found freedom living in Canada. In 1853, Shadd became the first Black woman in North America to publish a newspaper, and one of Canada’s first female journalists. Shadd was recognized as a Person of National Historic Significance by the Government of Canada in 1994.