Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Black History Month and Canada’s First Black Victoria Cross Winner

The Black History Month - is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in the month of October. 

This year, the Canadian Post joins in to celebrate the month by remembering one of its celebrated black sailor, William Hall, who was  the first black Canadian to have been awarded a VC (short for Victoria Cross), the highest military award of the Great Britain.

Hall was awarded VC for his his bravery in 1857 aboard the British Royal Navy’s HMS Shannon. He was awarded the honour in 1859.

The 57-cent stamp bears a portrait of the white-bearded Hall taken in 1900 wearing a blue blazer displaying three bravery medals, including the Victoria Cross. In the background, there’s an image of the ocean and a navy ship. 

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