World News – CA – Google Doodle honors abolitionist Mary Ann Shadd Cary – 9to5Google


Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 197th birthday of Canadian-American abolitionist and suffragist Mary Ann Shadd Cary, who, among other accomplishments, is known as the first black newspaper editor in North America

On this day in 1823, the woman we know today as Mary Ann Shadd Cary was born in Wilmington, Delaware Her parents, Abraham D Shadd and Harriet Parnell, both free African Americans, were firmly in favor of the abolition of slavery and also offered their home as a station on the Underground Railroad

The Shadd family, in search of a future for themselves and their children, were forced to leave Delaware when state law changed, making it illegal to educate black children of their new home in Pennsylvania, Mary Ann Shadd attended Quaker boarding school On her return from school, still teenage Mary Ann used her education to found a school for black children, the first of many schools she would teach

Following the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which required that all captured slaves be returned to their masters, Mary Ann and the entire Shadd family moved to Canada From Canada, Mary Ann Shadd began a career of writing and publishing abolitionist pamphlets, which led her to found The Provincial Freemen, a weekly written to be read by escaped slaves For this, she is recognized as the first black woman to be an editor and newspaper editor in North America.

While running The Provincial Freemen, Mary Ann Shadd met and married Thomas Cary, although he tragically died a few years later. Soon after, Mary Ann Shadd Cary and her children returned to the United States Before the age of 60, she attended Howard University in Washington, DC and became the second black woman to earn a law degree. in the United States

Today’s Google Doodle, written by artist Michelle Theodore, shows Mary Ann Shadd Cary working hard on The Provincial Freemen, with stacks of newspaper bundles used to spell most of the word « Google »

Elsewhere in the world today, visitors to South Korea’s Google home page will be treated to an Animated Doodle celebrating Hangul Day, a public holiday dedicated to the invention of the Korean Hangul alphabet in 1446

The Google home page is one of the most viewed web pages in the world, and often the company uses this page to draw attention to historical events, celebrations or current events such as that « coronavirus aids » and more with the help of Doodles Colorful designs are regularly changed

Mary Ann Shadd, Mary Ann Shadd Cary

World News – California – Google Doodle honors abolitionist Mary Ann Shadd Cary – 9to5Google


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