Canada Post will create a stamp to commemorate Rosemary Brown

Canada Post will honour a B.C. political legend with her own stamp.

In February, the post office will issue a stamp of Rosemary Brown, who was an NDP MLA for Vancouver-Burrard from 1972 to 1986 and the first woman of African descent elected Canada.

In 1975, she came second to Ed Broadbent in the federal NDP leadership race.

Brown was also a chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and a professor of women’s studies at Simon Fraser University. She died at the age of 72 in 2003.

The stamp will be made available during Black History Month. At the same time, Canada Post will also issue a stamp of Abraham Shadd, an abolitionist who helped develop the Underground Railway to free slaves, and who was the first person of African descent to hold political office in Canada.