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That's 50 years, that's half a century. And as far as Quebec City goes, there was no other Black institution. Williams, the eldest of 11 children, was born in Quebec City in While the Irish presence in Quebec City is well-documented, perhaps the notion of a Jamaican immigrating to Quebec in the s seems more surprising. That elevated the prestige of his establishment, which came to be known as a gathering spot for the cultured class.
Mackey said this was particularly remarkable for a Black-owned Quebec business in the 19th century. Williams, ever the colourful entrepreneur, also grabbed attention using terms like "cranium manipulator" and "capillary abridger" in his advertising. Quebec City history enthusiasts uncovered these facts and anecdotes about Williams through old documents such as census records, newspaper articles and obituaries. Just one thing was missing: a picture, or any kind of image of this successful Black businessman. You could say it was hidden in plain sight: Caron stumbled across an image of an engraving on eBay, published in a British illustrated journal.
The engraving itself was nothing new; it had been circulating for a while. But Caron was the first person to take a closer look at the details of the barbershop scene depicted and to connect it to Quebec City. There was no mistaking it. Caron published an article about his discovery in the winter edition of Cap-aux-Diamants, a historical magazine.
There were those obits in the newspapers that were very flattering, talking about him as being one of the best-known characters around Quebec," said Mackey. They pay tribute to Francois Jacquet, the man who built it, and Philippe Aubert de Gaspe, an author who later bought and sold the property. But de Gaspe never actually lived in it, according to researchers. So what about John and James Williams? There are two Black brothers…Irish-Jamaican brothers.
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