Beyond the Underground Railroad: The living legacy of Mary Ann Shadd Cary

Videos will be available starting Monday, February 20, 2023

Bust of Mary Ann Shadd Cary
Bust of Mary Ann Shadd Cary, by African-Canadian sculptor and painter Artis Lane, located in the B.M.E. Freedom Park in Chatham, Ontario. Image courtesy of Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society.

2023 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Mary Ann Shadd Cary – a pioneer in publishing, education and law. Cary was the first Black woman newspaper publisher in Canada, established a racially integrated school for Black refugees in Windsor and, in 1883, became one of the first Black women to complete a law degree in North America.

Join the team behind the video series Beyond the Underground Railroad for an informative and educational discussion celebrating Cary’s remarkable life and legacy.

Beyond the Underground Railroad is an annual pre-recorded virtual discussion hosted by the Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History, Buxton National Historic Site & Museum and the Black Mecca Museum. Watch previous videos: Strategies for confronting anti-Black racism (2022) and Black History in Chatham-Kent (2021).