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Friday, 21 March 2014
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " MIFFLIN WISTAR GIBBS " WAS AN ABOLITIONIST AND JUDGE AND ONE OF THE BLACK HEROES OF THE BLACK PAST :
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY Mifflin Wistar Gibbs (17 April 1823 – 11 July 1915) was an African-American abolitionist and judge. Gibbs was the eldest of four siblings, including Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, and was prominent in Reconstruction Arkansas. Mifflin was born in Philadelphia, and died at his home in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Gibbs is well known for his role in the migration of African Americans from California to Vancouver Island, starting in 1858. He was involved in business and politics during his ten year stay inCanada.
In the 1860 Vancouver Island Legislative election the vote of the black community in the election for the Vancouver Island Legislative Assembly defeated Amor De Cosmos. De Cosmos railed against the fact blacks were allowed and worked hard to ensure they would not be allowed to vote in the next election. Gibbs was part of a group of 53 blacks that became naturalized British Subjects in 1861 and were then allowed to vote and run for office.
He ran in the first race for a Victoria City Council seat 1862, he placed 7th in this race missing a council seat by four votes. He was elected to Victoria City Council in 1867 serving till 1869.
In 1868 he was the Salt Spring Island delegate to the Yale Convention, an important step towards British Columbia joining Canada.
On his return to the United States, he became involved in the legal profession in Little Rock and held a number of judicial and government positions. He was appointed County Attorney of Pulaski County, Arkansas after passing the Arkansas bar exam in 1870. He was also elected to the Office of the City Judge. He was a Republican.
In 1897, he became the American consul to Madagascar. He returned to the United States in 1901 and became president of a bank located in Little Rock that was mainly an African American business.
In 1902, he purchased the property at 902 T Street, NW in Washington, D.C. for his daughter Mrs. Harriet Gibbs Marshall, who ran the Washington Conservatory of Music there, as one of the most successful women-owned businesses in the United States at the turn of the century, following in the footsteps of her father.