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rosemary sadlier

Rosemary Sadlier
Canadian Black History Historian
(19?? - )

Toronto’s Rosemary Sadlier traces her Canadian roots to 1783 when her father’s ancestors arrived in then British controlled New Brunswick as Black Loyalist who fled the USA during British-American conflicts. Her mother’s ancestors arrived by 1840 via the Underground Railroad from, most likely, Virginia, USA.

As president of the Ontario Black History Society (1993 to 2015), she collaborated with the Historica Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Encyclopedia to create the Black History Canada web site. Sadlier also contributed to Canadian Black history being recognized through research, writings, exhibits, and outreach programs. Her advocacy was central to the government’s 1995 decision to make February Black History Month and an annual celebration and in 2021, the designation of August 1, Emancipation Day, as a federal day.

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