November 19, 1866: Mifflin Wistar Gibbs is elected as a municipal councillor representing the James Bay Ward

Mifflin Wistar Gibbs, one of the best known of the Black pioneers, was the first Black person to be elected in British Columbia and serve as a municipal councillor. He served as a councillor in Victoria from 1866 to 1869, representing the James Bay Ward. While on council, Gibbs chaired the Ways and Means Committee and from time-to-time acted as Deputy Mayor.
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