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Toronto in Toronto County, Ontario — Central Canada

Mary Ann Shadd Cary


— 1823 – 1893 —

Mary Ann Shadd Cary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Grace C. Miller, July 14, 2012
1. Mary Ann Shadd Cary Marker
Mary Ann Shadd Cary was an anti-slavery activist, an advocate for the rights of women, and a pioneering woman newspaper editor and publisher. The daughter of a free African American shoemaker and abolitionist, Shadd began a life of teaching at age 16 by founding a school for African American children in the slave state of Delaware. Following the passing of the Fugitive Slave act (1850), many escaped and free African Americans (like Shadd) sought refuge in Canada. Shadd moved to Windsor, Ontario, opened a school, and in 1853, founded with Samuel R. Ward the Provincial Freeman, a newspaper “devoted to anti-slavery, temperance, and general literature.” Through 1854 and 1855, Shadd lived in Toronto and published the struggling Freeman from a former building on this site. She married Thomas J. Cary in 1856, but was widowed with children only four years later. Shadd Cary returned to the United States in 1863 to recruit African American soldiers for the Union Army during the American Civil War. She later became one of the first American women of African descent to earn a law degree.
Mary Ann Shadd Cary Marker, 143 image. Click for full size.
By Grace C. Miller, July 14, 2012
2. Mary Ann Shadd Cary Marker, 143
143 King Street East, former home of the Provincial Freeman
2011 by Heritage Toronto.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansEducationWar, US CivilWomen.
Location. 43° 39.007′ N, 79° 22.379′ W. Marker is in Toronto, Ontario, in Toronto County. Marker is on King Street East just east of Church Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 143 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1G6, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Royal York Hotel (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); The Bishop’s Palace 1818 (approx. one kilometer away); South African War Memorial (approx. 1.1 kilometers away); Canadian Airmen Monument (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); Toronto's first professional stadium: Sunlight Park 1886 - 1896 (approx. 1.9 kilometers away); The Discovery of Insulin (approx. 2.1 kilometers away); Charles William Jefferys (approx. 2.1 kilometers away); The Macdonald-Mowat House (approx. 2.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toronto.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,258 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 23, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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