Library and Archives Canada
Symbol of the Government of Canada

Institutional links

Typed form with handwritten fields on blue paper


Naturalization certificate of Mary Ann Shadd Cary

ARCHIVED - Under a Northern Star

Archived Content

This archived Web page remains online for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. This page will not be altered or updated. Web pages that are archived on the Internet are not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards. As per the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada, you can request alternate formats of this page on the Contact Us page.

Mary Ann Shadd Cary: Abolitionist

Legendary abolitionist Mary Ann Shadd Cary, a free-born Black woman, moved to Canada at the time of the U.S. Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. In addition to being a teacher and activist in the movement to abolish slavery, she established The Provincial Freeman, a newspaper dedicated to the cause of Black refugees. Under Writing you can explore a variety of records documenting her social activism, including copies of her correspondence and other writings related to her abolitionist activities. Under Family you will find documentation relating to her personal life and family, among them a digital copy of her Canadian naturalization certificate. Under History you will find an overview of Mary Ann Shadd Cary's life and work, written by Adrienne Shadd, Shadd Cary's great-great-grandniece.