WELCOME TO THE BRITISH COLUMBIA BLACK HISTORY AWARENESS SOCIETY WEB SITE
Our society was formed in February 1994 to celebrate the achievements of Black pioneers in British Columbia and was later expanded to include creating greater awareness of the history of Black people in B.C. Our goals include developing an interest in promoting, educating and learning about B.C. Black history; promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the community; bringing together diverse groups of people who have an interest in fulfilling these goals.
The Society meets monthly at the James Bay New Horizons Community Centre, 234 Menzies Street, Victoria. Our intention is to hold a business meeting in one month, followed by an educational or social event the following month. We invite you to become a part our Society and join our community of friends.
In 1998, our Society developed a curriculum related to the history of Black pioneers in print form, for use by schools, but we have expanded our horizons and encourage you to explore our Learning Centre site where you will find interesting and perhaps heretofore unknown people, places and events in B.C.'s
Each February our Society holds exciting events as part of Black History Month, but you will note that we are much more than a “February Society.” Please peruse our Learning Centre and let us know what you think. We are sure you will be challenged to learn more!
If you are interested in joining our Society, please click on the link; we are welcoming of new comers and would love to meet you!
Visit Our Learning Centre
The BC Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS) discovered several years ago that
very little is known by most residents about British Columbia's Black history. The
involvement of Black pioneers in settling our province, becoming part of its
founding, being a part of the judicial system, and many other aspects of
life in British Columbia in the 1800s are not taught in schools as part of the
curriculum, nor are they widely publicized in the media.
Knowing this, the BCHAS became involved in creating a section of our web
site which we hope will inspire you to learn more about Black history in
We urge all interested in becoming more aware of the rich diversity of this
Province to access our
Learning Centre -read biographies, stories and more for a picture of our
past and our present. Contribute information and help us use it to build our
We welcome you to the Learning Centre and hope you find it challenging,
informative and inspirational!
IN THE NEWS
The Government of Canada acknowledges the
Harriet Tubman centennial memorial
A very happy announcement. Learn more.
Information sought for Pompei [Pompey] Jackson
We are seeking further information on the oldest person
buried at the RBC (Ross Bay Cemetery), Victoria, BC,
From the British Colonist News of 3 October 1873:
"Old Jackson, a colored man aged 111 years, died
near Royal Oak yesterday. He was born in Virginia
The RBC data base has him listed as: "Pompey
Jackson, aged 108, born in Virginia and interred
in plot G42 W18."
His year of birth was either 1762 or 1765, making
him the oldest person buried in RBC and probably
one of the oldest non-native person buried in
We are hoping to post on our web site an
expanded biography about this interesting
gentleman, and would appreciate information
from anyone who is able to help us.
Partners and Friends