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Born free in Philadelphia in 1823 and trained as a carpenter, Mifflin Wistar Gibbs volunteered on the Underground Railroad, and lectured with Frederick Douglass. <P> Gibbs was a successful merchant in San Francisco during the California Gold Rush. Escaping discrimination, he migrated to Victoria, British Columbia where he served as a city council member and coal mine operator. <P> After the Civil War, Gibbs relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas. There he practiced law, engaged in Republican Party Politics and became the first African-American elected as a judge. He finished his remarkable career as a diplomat and then bank founder. <P> Executive Producer: David M. Talley<BR> Technical Producer: Melvin H. Cox <P> Contributors:<BR> Dr. Alison Blakely, Boston University<BR> Dr. Liliane Koziol, University of California, Berkeley<BR> Prof. Rhonda V. Magee, University of San Francisco School of Law<BR> Dr. Manisha Sinha, ...

  • DirectorDavid M. Talley
  • Runtime: 48 min
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Canada 150: Mifflin Gibbs was first black elected to public office in BC - Vancouver Sun


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Canada 150: Mifflin Gibbs was first black elected to public office in BC
Vancouver Sun
Mifflin Wistar Gibbs was born in Philadelphia on April 17, 1823, the second of four children born to Jonathan C. Gibbs, a Methodist minister, and Maria Jackson, whom he described as “a hard-shell Baptist.” In 1831, when he had been ... In June, 1858 ...

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Black pioneer Mifflin Wistar Gibbs honoured with plaque - Times Colonist


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Black pioneer Mifflin Wistar Gibbs honoured with plaque
Times Colonist
Mifflin Wistar Gibbs, a Victoria pioneer and the first black person to hold elected office in B.C., will be honoured with a bronze plaque being unveiled on Sunday as part of B.C. Black History and Heritage Day. Parks Canada is in talks with the City of ...

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History Minute: The remarkable life of Mifflin Gibbs - Log Cabin Democrat


History Minute: The remarkable life of Mifflin Gibbs
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For Mifflin Gibbs, that meant traveling the world looking for new opportunity and working hard to push himself ahead. While some details of his life have been lost, it is clear that Gibbs lived a remarkable life of adventure and public service. Mifflin ...

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