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05 Feb 2014

Canada Post Celebrates Black History Month

Canada Post celebrates Black History Month by commemorating two distinctive and historic African-Canadian communities: Vancouver's Hogan's Alley and Halifax's Africville.

Dismantled in the 60s to make way for new construction, these small but vibrant neighbourhoods are gone but not forgotten.


A vibrant destination for food and jazz through the 1960s, Hogan's Alley was the unofficial name of a four-block long dirt lane that formed the nucleus of Vancouver's first concentrated African-Canadian community.


The Hogan's Alley stamp features residents Fielding Spotts, a cooper by trade and the first Baptist in Western Canada, and Nora Hendrix, Grandmother to rock legend Jimi Hendrix and cook at Vie's Chicken and Steak House. Stamp designer Karen Smith paired real photographs with photo-inspired illustrations in attempt to marry the physical legacy and memories.


Settled in the 1840s, Nova Scotia's Africville developed into a strong community, lasting until the City of Halifax relocated its 400 residents in 1964. In 2010, the Halifax Regional Council and Regional Municipality issued an apology, and Seaview Park was expanded and renamed in Africville's honour.


This Africville stamp features a photograph of seven young girls, all members of the community, set against an illustrated background of the neighbourhood hills and homes.

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Camille Dundas

Camille Dundas is the co-founder and editor in chief of Canada’s leading Black Canadian online magazine, ByBlacks.com. She has won two national ethnic media press awards and a commendation from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Prior to that, Camille spent 10 years as a TV news reporter and producer, working on national shows for both CTV and CBC.


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