Mary Ann Shadd Cary’s Herstory in the Colored Conventions

This exhibit examines the work of activist, educator, and newspaper editor Mary Ann Shadd Cary within the Colored Conventions Movement. Drawing on Jane Rhodes’ unique biography, this exhibit considers Shadd Cary’s work as an organizer and writer within the Colored Conventions movement, and beyond it. This exhibit ends by considering Shadd Cary’s legacies, particularly in shaping generations of women leaders.


Curators: Brandi Locke, PhD student in English and Committee Chair. Created for Dr. P. Gabrielle Foreman’s English 667 class, Spring 2019.

Further Acknowledgements to the CCP Exhibits team for creating visualizations, editing, and revising this exhibit.

Special thanks to Gale, a Cengage Company and Accessible Archives Inc.® for granting permission for the use of the materials from 19th Century U.S. Newspaper and African American Newspapers: The 19th Century.

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