William Edward Hall VC: VictoriUS!


William Edward Hall VC (1827-1904)

The first Black person, first Nova Scotian, and third Canadian to receive the Victoria Cross. Awarded for his actions in the Siege of Lucknow (1857) during the Indian Rebellion, Hall and an officer from his ship continued to load and fire a 24-pounder gun after the rest of the crew had been killed or injured by the defenders, breaching the wall so troops were able to rush in and take control.


The ‘Legacy Series Coffee’ is a unique specialty coffee and provides innovative educational awareness of African Canadian/ Nova Scotian history. In partnership with Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op (Canada’s 1st Fair Trade Roaster), the packaging features labels promoting historic persons of African descent, important to not only Nova Scotia but also Canada. Highlighted are William Hall VC: VictoriUS!, Rose Fortune: IndustrioUS!, Marcus Garvey: AmbitioUS! and Portia White: MomentoUS! This product is part of VANSDA’s anti- racism and education commitment. Our aim is to decrease the impact of racism endured by persons by bringing history into homes and offices one cup at a time.

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