Canada Post honours First black mail carrier

Canada Post issues a stamp honoring Albert Jackson, 1st Black letter carrier in Canada more than 100 years after his death.

Jackson was born in the state of Delaware during the 1850s. His two eldest brothers were sold as slaves, which is said to have triggered the death of Jackson’s father.

His mother, Ann Maria, escaped from the United States to Canada with seven children on the Underground Railroad. Albert was the youngest and just a toddler at the time.

As an adult, Jackson ended up as a letter carrier for the post office in Toronto. He worked his first day on May 12, 1882. Jackson’s appointment resulted in opposition from colleagues & public debate, fueled by racism.

Jackson worked at the post office for 36 years until his death in 1918.

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