Life Story: Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823 - 1893)

Educator, Activicst, Editor, Lawyer

The story of the first Black female newspaper editor in North America.

Mary Ann Shadd Cary

Mary Ann Shadd Cary. Courtesy of National Archives of Canada, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Suggested Activities

  • Include this life story in any lesson about the abolitionist movement and the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.
  • Mary Ann Shadd Cary was one of the first Americans to call for racial integration and absolute equality. To learn more about how these ideals developed after the Civil War, see Our Composite Nation: Frederick Douglass’ America.