Mary Ann Shadd Cary: Writings and documentation

The Mary Ann Shadd Cary papers chronicle the life and historical experiences of a Black woman and by extension, a Black community during the middle decades of the 19th century.


Explore records documenting her social activism, including copies of her correspondence and other writings related to her abolitionist activities.

Documentation relating to her personal life and family

Members of the family of Mary Ann Shadd

Biography of Mary Ann Shadd Cary, page 1, page 2

Naturalization certificate of Mary Ann Shadd Cary

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