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Rev. Addie Aylestock 

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Believe it or not, it wasn't until 1951 that the 1st black woman was ordained in this country. Mabel Adeline (Addie) Aylestock was ordained in the British Methodist Episcopal Church in 1951 and the first woman ordained in that church after they changed their rules earlier that year.

Aylestock worked in congregations in Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia throughout her career. Her family members were also trailblazers: her sister Rella Braithwaite wrote several books about African Canadians, and her niece Diana Braithwaite is a blues musician and television director.

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