Born into slavery in the United States, Jackson was just a boy when his family escaped to Canada. In Toronto, he pursued his education and won a position as a letter carrier in 1882. When he reported for work, he faced discrimination from his colleagues, who refused to train him. Debate over the situation raged for weeks until political pressure, especially from Toronto’s Black community, triumphed and Jackson was able to walk his route.​​​​​​​
Albert Jackson – Canada’s First Black Postal Carrier
Official First Day Cover

Booklet cover
—We wanted to show Albert performing his duty with a slight smile and a spring in his step, as if he had stepped out of history to hand you your mail.