Canada Post’s Black History stamp issued  25th January 2019 honors Albert Jackson, Canada’s first black postal carrier. Born into slavery in Delaware, Jackson was just a boy when his family escaped to Canada. Two older brothers had been sold into slavery, which likely was a factor in their father’s death. Jackson’s mother, Ann Maria, fled with her seven remaining children via the Underground Railroad to Canada.The family settled in Toronto, and, as he came of age, Albert Jackson won a position as a letter carrier in 1882. When he reported for work, he faced discrimination from his colleagues, who refused to train him. Debate over the situation raged in the city for weeks until political pressure, especially from Toronto’s black community and newspapers, triumphed, and Jackson was able to walk his route. He began his training June 2 and delivered mail until his death in 1918.

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