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Dr. Anderson Ruffin Abbott was the first Canadian-born Black doctor in Canada. An honours student, he studied medicine at the Toronto School of Medicine and was licensed as a doctor in 1861.
Rev. Addie Aylesworth [Mabel Adeline] (1909-1998) was the first Black Canadian woman minister in Canada. She studied at the Medical Missionary College and the Toronto Bible College. At first a deaconess, the only spiritual leadership role open to women at that time, she was ordained when rules were amended in 1951 as the first woman minister of the British Methodist Episcopal Church which grew out of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
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