The Postman an Appledore Production
Check us out at the postman walks The Postman is a multi-disciplinary, site-specific, promenade-style work that explores the life and times of Albert Jackson, Toronto’s first African-American postman, through theatre and music. The play will take place in short sections along a route that echoes Mr. Jackson’s original delivery route in the lower Annex neighbourhood (Brunswick Ave, Harbord St, Bloor St. and Palmerston Ave). The plot will follow 12 stages of Mr. Jackson’s life from porch to porch– concentrating on his journey from slavery with his family along the Underground Railroad to his appointment in the postal service and the many challenges he faced as an African-Canadian in his professional and personal life.
Mr. Albert Jackson (1856-1918) was born in Miliford, Delaware to John and Anne Maria Jackson, a couple who worked on a large plantation. The youngest of nine children, Albert was barely three years old when his two eldest siblings were sold to another master in 1858. Shortly after, John Jackson dies – presumably of a broken heart. Left to fend for herself and her family alone, Anne Maria decides to escape the plantation and make the treacherous trip to freedom. A difficult journey at the best of times, Anne Maria along with her remaining seven children, faces the prospect of capture, separation, starvation and death. Despite the odds being firmly against her, Anne Maria collects her brood and heads North. Albert is still a toddler and his eldest sibling is about 16. Miraculously managing to avoid the slave catchers, Anne Maria reaches Pennsylvania with her family through the help of some agents of the Underground Railroad. The Jackson’s continued their journey Railroad by travelling the nearly 400 kilometre journey all the way to St. Catherine’s, Ontario and freedom.
Your support will go towards production costs including paying actors, costumes and logistical costs such as permits, We thank you in advance for your support, please share this campaign with your friends and family!
Help us make the story of Albert Jackson and our theatre piece called The Postman, a piece that will be around for generations to come.
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With your help, #ThePostman was able to walk the streets of Harbord Village during PanAm2015. Commissioned by PANAMANIA presented by CIBC, and produced by Appledore Productions, The Postman told the story of Canada’s first Black Postman, Albert Jackson.
Thanks to #GoFundme for helping to make it possible and most importantly thanks to all of you for your donations!
Just 14 days to go and we are doing one last push to raise the final $4,000, which will help us pay our artists and the behind the scenes contributors who are walking with us.
Please share our story with your friends and social network, and help us reach this milestone. Five, ten, twenty, fifty dollars helps us mount all the porches on our route.
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We are so grateful for, and by humbled by, your support, which has helped us demonstrate that people are keenly interested in the amazing story of Albert Jackson, Canada’s first Black postman. Even though these wonderful things have occurred, we still need more funds to support our production. This GoFundMe campaign satisfies only a small portion of our overall budget. Any additional money that we raise will insure that we can pay our artists and put on a spectacular show.
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We've just passed the 18k mark and with only a little bit to go we hope to surpass our goal. We can only do that with your help! Share our campaign with your friends! Donations of as low as $7 can help us reach and surpass our goal. Anything more you can give is also graciously accepted.
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