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Albert Jackson Plaque Presentation
July 21, 2017 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Heritage Toronto and the Jackson family invite you to the unveiling of a historical plaque for Albert Jackson, the first Black letter carrier in Toronto and a key figure in the struggle against racism in Canada.
Albert Jackson was born into slavery in Delaware. After arriving in Toronto via the Underground Railroad, he was hired as a letter carrier in Toronto, but was blocked from entering the role because of his race.
After an outcry, Jackson was instated in 1882, becoming the first Black letter carrier in the city and one of the few people of colour to be appointed a civil servant in 19th-century Canada.
The plaque, which tells Jackson’s story, will be placed near the former site of the Toronto General Post Office, where he would collect the mail for delivery each morning.
Casual refreshments provided by Dream Office REIT will follow the plaque unveiling
Admission is free but we appreciate your RSVP below.
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