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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 B.C. - Vancouver Sun

Canada 150: Mifflin Gibbs was first black elected to public office in B.C.  Vancouver Sun

To mark Canada's 150th birthday, we are counting down to Canada Day with profiles of 150 noteworthy British Columbians. Today: Mifflin Wistar Gibbs.

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