Post office to be named after Black suffragist, journalist

February 25, 2021 GMT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A post office at in Delaware will be renamed after a Black woman who was an abolitionist, suffragist and newspaper editor in the 19th Century.

The Delaware State News reported Wednesday that the post office in Wilmington will be renamed after Mary Ann Shadd Cary.

Cary was the first Black woman to establish and edit a North American newspaper. She helped recruit Black soldiers for the Civil War. And she later became a suffragist who helped pass the 14th and 15th amendments.


“It’s difficult to put into words the remarkable life and legacy of Mary Ann Shadd Cary,” said Delaware Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester. She was instrumental in getting the renaming legislation passed, along with Delaware’s two U.S. Senators, Tom Carper and Chris Coons.

Rochester said that Cary “channeled her gifts to whatever purpose they were most needed in the name of freedom and the purpose of equality.”