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Black History Month Quiz

This article was originally published Jan. 31, 2014.

February is Black History Month in Canada.

TRU’s Faculty Association Equity Committee creates quizzes for Black History Month each year to test faculty and staff knowledge of influential black Canadians and their contributions throughout history. How much do you know about black history in Canada? Test your knowledge here. The answers are at the bottom of the page.

1) In December 2013, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month, following a motion introduced by the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine.

a) 1975
b) 1995

2) About how long ago did the first recorded black slave, Olivier LeJeune, come to Canada?

a) 200 years ago
b) 400 years ago

3) Joe Fortes was the first official lifeguard of Vancouver’s English Bay. He was recognized with a city funeral upon his death in 1922 and a memorial fountain at English Bay in 1927. In which year was a Canada Post stamp issued to honour him?

a) 2000
b) 2013

4) The first black person appointed to any court in B.C. was Honourable Selwyn Romilly. Where did he first serve?

a) Terrace
b) Victoria

5) Which black Canadian is the first, and only, Canadian to ever be inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame?

a) Ferguson Jenkins, Jr.
b) Jackie Robinson

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6) Which part of Canada was the first to legislate against slavery?

a) Western Canada (BC)
b) Upper Canada (Ontario)

7) In 1858, nearly 800 free blacks left which U.S. city to settle on Vancouver Island?

a) San Francisco
b) Seattle

8) After the Pearl Harbour attack, large regiments of black soldiers were brought to Canada to help build the __________.

a) Canadian Pacific Railway
b) Alaska-Canada Highway

9) Which sport did the Colored League of the Maritimes help shape into the sport we know today?

a) Hockey
b) Lacrosse

10) The late Rosemary Brown, born in __________, became the first black woman to run for the leadership of a federal party.

a) Haiti
b) Jamaica

11) Harry Jerome received the Order of Canada in ____ and was named British Columbia’s Athlete of the Century.

a) 1971
b) 1972

12) Kamloops was the first city in BC to elect a black man, John Freemont Smith, to its ________ in 1903?

a) police force
b) municipal council

13) In 1985, Lincoln Alexander was appointed Ontario’s ____ Lieutenant Governor, the first member of a visible minority to serve as the Queen’s representative in Canada.

a) 20th
b) 24th

14) Honoured by Jason Kenney in a 2013 Black History Month speech, this woman who was born into slavery in 1774 was the first black, female police officer in Canada.

a) Rose Fortune
b) Ruth Fortune

Quiz Answers


1) B: 1995

2) B: 400 Years Ago

3) B: 2013

4) A: Terrace

5) A: Ferguson Jenkins, Jr.

6) B: Upper Canada(Ontario),

7) A: San Francisco

8) B: Alaska-Canada Highway

9) A: Hockey

10) B: Jamaica 

11) A: 1971

12) B: Municipal Council

13) B: 24th

14) A: Rose Fortune