Mary Ann Shadd

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Birthday
9, 1823
Birthplace
Delaware
Death Date
Jun 5, 1893 (69)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
9, 1823
Birthplace
Delaware
Death Date
Jun 5, 1893 (69)

About

Remembered as Canada's first female newspaper publisher and the North American continent's first woman publisher of African descent, she edited an 1850s abolitionist journal called the Provincial Freeman.

Before Fame

In her early adulthood years, she encouraged free African-Americans to immigrate to Canada and, to this end, published an influential 1852 pamphlet.

Trivia

During the Civil War years, she recruited African-American soldiers to the Union Army. In the post-war era, she studied law at Howard University and, at age sixty, became the second American-born woman of African descent to hold a J.D.

Family Life

She and her twelve younger siblings were born in Delaware to Harriet Parnell and Abraham Doras Shadd. After settling in Canada, she married Thomas F. Cary and gave birth to children named Sarah and Linton.

Associated With

She and Susan B. Anthony were both members of the National Woman Suffrage Association.