Plaque honouring Mary and Henry Bibb stolen

A plaque honouring the late Mary E. Bibb on display at the Mary E. Bibb in Sandwich. (Capture via City of Windsor on Facebook)

A plaque dedicated to slavery abolitionist and writer Mary E. Bibb has been stolen.

In a release issued Tuesday, the city said the plaque was reported missing to police on Friday.

The plaque was restored in February, which cost over $6,000 to re-create according to city officials.

“The value of what it [the plaque] represents is worth far more,” a statement from the city read.

Bibb settled in Sandwich after the passing of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850. She later moved to Windsor. The Bibb’s published the Voice of the Fugitive, a paper for Black Canadians. The couple also housed those that escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad to Canada.

On February 2, coinciding with Black History Month, city council also voted to re-name Mackenzie Hall Park to Mary E. Bibb park, where the testament to her and Henry was to be displayed.

The city is asking anyone with information about the stolen plaque to contact Windsor police at  519-258-6111.

-With files from Adelle Loiselle