St. Lawrence in Toronto, Ontario — Central Canada
Mary Ann Shadd Cary
— 1823 – 1893 —
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Education • War, US Civil • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1853.
Location. 43° 39.007′ N, 79° 22.379′ W. Marker is in St. Lawrence, Ontario, in Toronto. 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 St E, St Lawrence ON M5C 1G6, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Toronto Post Office/Le bureau de poste de Toronto (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); "Old" City Hall (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Old City Hall Cenotaph (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); The Royal York Hotel (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Osgoode Hall (approx. one kilometer 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).
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Additional keywords. Journalism; Feminism; Prohibition
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