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AGO exhibit honours black Canadian soldiers who fought in First World War

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WATCH: In honour of Remembrance Day, the Art Gallery of Ontario is showcasing a unique exhibition of photographs. The images are from the private collection of Canadian actor, producer and director Anthony Sherwood and feature black soldiers in the No. 2 Construction Battalion, Canada's first and only all-black battalion – Nov 9, 2018

Actor, producer and director Anthony Sherwood smiles a proud smile when he looks at the First World War photograph of his great uncle, William Andrew White.

“I started collecting photographs of black soldiers when I first discovered that there was an all-black battalion formed in the First World War,” said Sherwood.

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The photo is one of 14 images from Sherwood’s private collection, featuring First World War soldiers in the No. 2 Construction Battalion, Canada’s first and only all-black battalion — an overlooked narrative of Canada’s participation in the war.

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“When the First World War broke out, black Canadian men tried to enlist, but they were refused simply based on the colour of their skin,” said Sherwood.

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It was the discovery of Sherwood’s great uncle’s diary that inspired him to produce a documentary called Honour Before Glory.

“My great uncle, William Andrew White, spearheaded a movement to force the Canadian government to allow blacks to join the army,” said Sherwood.

The AGO exhibit Photography: First World War, 1914–1918 runs from Nov. 10 until April 14, 2019.

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Images from past Toronto Remembrance Day ceremonies – Nov 9, 2018

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