Portia White was the first Black Canadian concert singer to win international acclaim. White was named a “person of national historic significance” by the Government of Canada in 1995. Don't miss the embedded video.
This online exhibit is from the Archives of Ontario, celebrating Daniel G. Hill's contributions to human rights in Canada. The exhibit was prepared by Hill's son, Lawrence Hill, the author of The Book of Negroes.
William Hall was the first Black Canadian to receive the Victoria Cross. Born in 1827, he died in 1904 after a life as a ship's captain. Read about his life as a sea captain in the Royal British Navy and how he came to win the Victoria Cross.