Celebrate Black History Month and honour the groundbreaking life of Albert Jackson, the man thought to be Canada’s first black letter carrier, with this booklet of 10 PermanentTM domestic stamps.
The colourful stamp depicts Jackson in uniform, circa 1890, as he delivers mail along his route.
Born into slavery in the United States around 1857, Jackson was still a toddler when his mother and six of his siblings fled north to Canada. He was raised in Toronto, where he earned an appointment to the civil service, as a letter carrier, in May, 1882, rare for a black person at the time. Jackson’s white co-workers refused to train him when he first reported for work, and he was forced to take a lower position as a hall porter. Toronto’s black community rallied on Jackson’s behalf. The issue soon came to the attention of Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald, whose intervention gave Jackson the job he deserved. On June 2, 1882, Jackson began training as a letter carrier. He worked at the post office for 36 years until his death in 1918.