Black Barbers and Barbershops

Scholarly Panel

  • Adrienne Shadd, Senior Historian
  • Natasha Henry-Dixon, Senior Historian

     Image Credit: An image from the Alvin D. McCurdy fonds, held at the Archives of Ontario.

Learning Resources

Key  Concepts/Themes

community, settlement, occupations, 19th century, 20th century

Curriculum Topics

community building, historical significance, historical perspective, cause and consequence, continuity and change

Grade Levels

6, 7, 8, 9, 10


Lesson Plan (PDF):”Tonsorial Artists” and “Fashionable Hair Cutting Emporiums”: The History of the Black Barber in Canada
Article (PDF): “Tonsorial Artists” and “Fashionable Hair Cutting Emporiums”: The History of the Black Barber in Canada
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