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Mary Ann Shadd Mary Ann Camberton Shadd was born into the loving arms of Abraham Doras Shadd and Harriet Parnell on October 9 1823 in Wilmington Delaware She was the eldest of 13 children Mary grew up a free black in a slave state She saw many frightened escaped slaves as her house was a station where her family helped and sheltered them This and being influenced by her father made her determined to change the way things were as much as she could Mary Ann Camberton Shadd is a hero because she fought for equality she faced the people who thought different and she was definitely one of the many people to shape the way our world is today Mary published many articles a newspaper and spoke out about her beliefs She wrote many articles for the North Star a newspaper about black independence and self-respect after the publisher read and was impressed by her pamphlet Hints to the Coloured People of the North A few years later she published a booklet Notes of Canada West to encourage blacks to live in Canada as slavery was abolished in Canada on August 1 1834 Mary also began writing many anonymous articles for other papers in which she attacked one of her competitors Henry Bibb In August of 1852 Mary founded the Provincial Freeman She used the paper to tell about events to investigate the truth and to express her opinion When Bibb commented about his opponents at the Provincial Freeman he said that they were a set of half cracked hot headed individuals He also stated that the newspaper is unworthy of the support of the well-wishers of our race Its publication ended in 1861 Other then writing and publishing Mary spoke out She travelled the United States and Canada lecturing mainly about racism and womens rights A reporter for Frederick Douglass Paper states that she told one of the
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