Academic Historian

Dr. Valin G.K. Marshall was born on the Caribbean island of Carriacou, Grenada, and attended McGill University, Canada, University of Maryland, USA, and the Laboratoire d’Acarologie, Paris, France. He is a retired scientist and an adjunct faculty member at Royal Roads University, BC. His short biography is included in the contemporary directory: Who’s Who in Black Canada. In 1993, the BC Provincial Museum hosted a special Black History Event, and Dr. Marshall and others from that committee became the founding members of the BC Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS). He was the society’s first vice-president from 1994-95, and continues to be active in BCBHAS, holding various positions on the executive and assisting in programs dealing with education and cemetery tours of BC Black pioneers.

Victoria Pioneer Rifle Corps (1861-1865)

In 1859, the all-white volunteer fire department of Victoria, British Columbia refused blacks in their ranks. Therefore, some blacks volunteered their services to Governor James Douglas as a militia unit. Concerns over an imminent Indian War and a dispute between Britain and the United States … Read MoreVictoria Pioneer Rifle Corps (1861-1865)