First Canadian-born Black Lawyer’s Grave Gets Headstone in Saint John

The first Canadian-born black lawyer’s grave has finally been marked after a headstone was created. The Church of…
canadian-born black lawyer's grave

The first Canadian-born black lawyer’s grave has finally been marked after a headstone was created. The Church of England cemetery finally unveils a headstone for the grave of Abraham Beverly Walker.

Walker was a lawyer who faced a lot of discrimination for being Black. He was a newspaper publisher and a civil rights activist before his death. Walker who was the first Canadian-born black lawyer died in 1909 and since then his grave had remained unmarked until recently.

His grave had already deteriorated. A group of lawyers who thought Walker deserves recognition had brought up the idea of a new headstone for his grave. The headstone was unveiled on Thursday. The unveiling program started with a prayer led by Ralph Thomas, one of the founders of the New Brunswick Black History Society

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At the unveiling, Peter Little, a board member of the black history society, compared the legacy of Walker to that of Martin Luther King Jr. The first Canadian-born black lawyer’s grave got a new headstone.

Much like another man who would pick up the torch of freedom fifty years after Abraham’s passing, his quest for human, equal rights was based on non-violence, reason, logic, history even, and Christian love for his fellow man.

Little.

Letitia Fraser, a Nova Scotian artist had presented a painting of Walker at the unveiling. The Maritime Edit magazine commissioned the picture which will be displayed at the black history society.

Prude Inc., an anti-racism group was in charge of the fundraising for the headstone and could surpass their initial goal of 6,000 USD. Over $12,000 was donated to the organization from across Canada and the world as a whole.

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