Mary Ann Shadd Cary Statue in Windsor



Official Unveiling of the Mary Ann Shadd Cary Statue

The planned October unveiling of a sculpture honouring pioneering publisher Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893) will be appropriate for several reasons, say members of the committee organizing the event.

The work by artist Donna Mayne (BA 1982) depicts the anti-slavery activist, journalist, teacher, and lawyer — the first woman in Canada and the first Black woman in all of North America to establish a newspaper, which she did right here in Windsor — holding a copy of The Provincial Freeman. The newspaper advocated equality, integration, and self-reliance for Black people in Canada and the United States.

If the unveiling ceremony is able to proceed in October, it will coincide with Women's History Month and Shadd Cary’s Oct. 9 birthday, notes committee member Irene Moore Davis (BA 1993), a historian and educator, president of the Essex County Black Historical Research Society, and a descendant of Mary Ann Shadd Cary’s younger sister Elizabeth Shadd Shreve.

Moore Davis calls the publisher, named a Person of National Historic Significance by the Canadian government in 1994, one of the most fascinating figures ever to have walked the streets of Windsor.

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