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Albert Jackson

Black History Month

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue January 25, 2019
Year 2019
Quantity 1,500,000
Denomination
PERMANENTâ„¢ (P)
Series Black History Month
Series Time Span 2011 - 2019
Postal Administration Canada

Layouts

Booklet of 10 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 150,000
Original Price: $9.00
Perforation: Simulated Perforation
Dimension: 26 mm x 33 mm
Printer: Lowe-Martin
Printing Process: Lithography in 4 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General tagging, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - 8,000
Cancellation Location: Toronto ON
Original Price: $1.90
Dimension: 190 mm x 112 mm

About Stamp

Canada Post issues a stamp honouring Albert Jackson, thought to be the first Black letter carrier in Canada. Jackson earned his appointment to the civil service in 1882, but faced racism from his colleagues, media and members of the public as he pursued what ultimately turned out to be a successful 36-year career with the postal service.

“Albert Jackson’s determination opened the doors for many Black Canadians to enter the postal service,” says Ann Therese MacEachern, Chief Human Resources Officer at Canada Post. “His courage laid the foundation for the diverse workforce we have at Canada Post today.”

Originally from Delaware, Jackson was born into slavery. He was just a toddler when his mother, Ann Maria, fled the United States with seven of her children. She made the daring escape after her two eldest sons had been sold. The family arrived in Toronto via the Underground Railroad in 1858 and settled in St. John’s Ward, near Osgoode Hall.

Growing up in Toronto, Jackson was able to pursue his education and, as an adult, he competed for and won a position as a letter carrier in 1882. However, when he reported for work his co-workers refused to train him and he was assigned a lower job as hall porter. After political pressure, particularly from Toronto’s Black community, and intervention from Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald, Jackson was soon out walking his delivery route in Harbord Village, where a laneway has since been named after him.

Creators

Design: Andrew Perro. Illustration: Ron Dollekamp.

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Reference

Canada Post Details Magazine: January-February 2019, Volume XXVIII NO 2.

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