Trivia of the day for February 6

Shortly after arriving in Victoria, B.C. in 1858, Mifflin Gibbs established a business. In 1861, he won public praise for helping to organize a Black militia and decided to run for public office. After an unsuccessful attempt in 1862, Gibbs was elected to the Victoria Town Council in 1866, the first Black politician in Canada. Elected in two terms, Gibbs served as acting mayor and was made Chairman of the financial committee for the city. He was highly praised for his balanced budgets.

Source: Black History Canada and Suite101: Mifflin Gibbs, Canada’s First Black Politician

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