Canada Issued Stamp on WWI Batallion under Black History Month

canada black history stampThe No. 2 Construction Battalion, formed 100 years ago in 1916.When their country went to war, they stepped forward to do the same. But before they could battle the Germans in World War I, the elements, the 60-hour weeks of dangerous, exhausting labor, these black Canadians would first have to confront and vanquish prejudice at home.They persisted, prevailed and won the right to serve overseas, with hundreds joining a new, predominantly black unit.The booklet cover and Canada Post official first-day cover display an enlargement of the unit’s cap badge, depicting a crown, maple leaves, and a surveyor’s transit.The stamp superimposes original archival photographs of unit members over a backdrop of tall conifers. Members of a forestry crew, shown in silhouette at the bottom of the design, carry their tools to work.

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