Black History Month In Canada… Mifflin Wistar Gibbs

Another inspiring story. The story of how some people pulled themselves up against all the immense opposition trying to hold them down is truly edifying.

Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti

Mifflin Wistar Gibbs – Successful Entrepreneur & Civil Rights Activist in Canada & the USA

Born into a free Black family in Philadelphia, Gibbs joined Frederick Douglass and others in the campaign to abolish slavery in the United States. An apprenticed carpenter, he was also an ambitious businessman. In 1850, Gibbs moved to San Francisco and became one of the city’s most prosperous Black merchants. As social and political restrictions on Black settlers increased in California, he became a leading spokesman for his community, taking a prominent role in civil rights protests. He also helped to found and publish the first Black newspaper in California. Despite his accomplishments, or perhaps because of them, Gibbs soon found himself on the move once more.

Amid an increasingly hostile racial climate, Gibbs helped lead an exodus of approximately 800 Black residents from California who were seeking the protection of British law in Victoria…

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