Video – William Hall

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Transcript of William Hall

Video length: 0:31 minutes

[A collage of archival photographs of famous African-Canadians: Anne Greenup,Mifflin Gibbs, Elijah McCoy, John Ware,William Hall  introduces the video.]

Announcer: “Since the early beginnings of Canadian history, people of African descent have made significant contributions to the development of our great country.”

[A short clip from PSA on William Hall features the latter sitting on his porch, surrounded by young kids and telling his story, while a fading picture of the Victoria Cross appears in the centre-left of the screen.]

Announcer: “William Hall became the first Canadian sailor, the first Nova Scotian and the first black to receive the Victoria Cross.”

[Close-up of William Hall walking on his porch, taking the Victoria Cross out of his jacket pocket, and while holding onto porch beam, he gazes into the distance.]

Announcer: “Celebrate our proud heritage. Celebrate, Black History Month.”

[The website address www.cic.gc.ca/blackhistorymonth appears on screen.]

[The Canada wordmark appears, which has a waving Canadian flag above the last “a” in the word “Canada”.]

Announcer: “A message from the government of Canada.”

[Video fades to black.]

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