April 25, 1858: The Pioneer Committee from San Francisco arrives in Victoria

 “In commemoration of the arrival in 1858 of the first group of Black settlers to the Colony of Vancouver Island”  On April 25th,1858 the Steamship Commodore sailed into Victoria harbour from San Francisco. On board were 450 gold seekers; and 35 Black people, the Pioneer Committee to meet with Governor Douglas. The delegation of three that met with Douglas included Fortune Richard, Wellington Delaney Moses and Mr. Mercier.

This plaque was installed by the City of Victoria on August 18, 1978.