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July 22, 2002
Mackenzie House Museum hosts performance of Mary Ann Shadd Cary's life
Culture - Mackenzie House Museum is pleased to announce that on Sunday
afternoons throughout July and concluding August 18, theatre professional Dawn
Roach will perform vignettes based on the life of historical figure Mary Ann
Shadd Cary who lived in Toronto over 150 years ago. These performances are part
of regularly scheduled tours at 12:15, 1:45 and 3:15 p.m.

A multi-faceted woman, Mary Ann Shadd Cary had many careers - teacher,
journalist, suffragette, lecturer and, in addition, she was the first black
woman in the United States to complete a law degree. In Toronto she is most
well-known for publishing the Provincial Freeman, a newspaper that stood for
temperance and moral reform, and attacked racial discrimination. Through her
work, she became the first woman newspaper publisher in Canada and ran a print
shop on King Street just blocks away from William Lyon Mackenzie's.

Dawn's research, with the help of the knowledgeable staff at Mackenzie House
museum, has resulted in a window into the life of this venerable woman. She
gives us a few moments that infuse history into a brief theatrical experience.
This is Dawn's second appearance with the City of Toronto Culture Division's
Historic Museums. During Black History Month she performed an original piece at
Spadina Historic House and Gardens based on the life of Mrs. Pipkin, the Austin
family's laundress at the turn-of-the- century.

To bring us closer to the humanity of Shadd Cary, Dawn, as writer, has chosen
to set the story during Shadd Cary's second pregnancy. Her performance will be
authentic - the actor is currently expecting her second baby.

Performances are included with regular admission at Mackenzie House Museum. The
title of the piece is "S is for Shadd."

Mackenzie House Museum is located at 82 Bond St., two blocks east of Yonge
Street, just south of Dundas Street.

Adults: $3.50, seniors and students: $2.75, children: $2.50.
For more information, call 416-392-6915 or

Media Contact
Kim Corby,
Program Development, Culture Division,



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