Family cheers stamp honouring likely first Black Canadian letter carrier

From left to right: Great-granddaughter Shawne Jackson-Troiano, her brother Jay Jackson and Lawrence Jackson, who's letter carrier Albert Jackson's only surviving grandson, attended the unveiling of a stamp depicting their ancestor.

Ahistoric Toronto building echoed with applause and music for the launch of a commemorative honouring a man “thought to be Canada’s first Black letter carrier,” the 10-stamp booklets note. Albert Calvin Jackson’s descendants and four Members of Parliament were among more than 300 people attending the 2019 Black History Month stamp, which was launched Jan. 24. Designed by Andrew Perro and illustrated by Ron Dollekamp, the Permanent commemorative was released the following day and shows Jackson in uniform while holding letters. “This is like a family reunion,” Canada Post communications vice-president Jo-Anne Polak said in her opening address. Continue reading →

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