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Dr. Anderson Ruffin Abbott (1837-1913)
Provincial plaques celebrate black history in Chatham
CHATHAM, ON, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Heritage Trust and the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society unveiled two provincial plaques commemorating Dr. Anderson Ruffin Abbott (1837-1913) and the Provincial Freeman newspaper - both significant in Ontario's black history.
"Dr. Anderson Ruffin Abbott and Mary Ann Shadd - chief editor of the Provincial Freeman - were pioneers in Ontario," said The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust. "They were leaders in the
Anderson Ruffin Abbott was born 1837 to Wilson and Ellen Toyer Abbott, free African-Americans who settled in Canada. Abbott was enrolled in the first class of the Buxton Mission School near Chatham and later continued his education at the Toronto School of Medicine. He received his medical licence