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"Highly Respected By All Who Knew Her:" The Life and Death of Mrs. Mahala Jenkins, Boarding House Operator

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On Monday August 24, 1908, shortly after 1:00pm, Mrs. Mahala Jenkins, a boarding house operator on Prior Street near Westminster Avenue in East Vancouver, was brutally murdered by a tenant after a quarrel over room rent. Multiple stab wounds to the chest and face were delivered with such force that her head was almost severed from the rest of her body. The murder of Mrs. Jenkins will be placed within the context of Vancouver's changing African Canadian community at the turn of the century. A shift had begun to occur as a growing Vancouver was challenging Victoria's pre-eminence in the provincial economy. As economic opportunities increased, the locus of British Columbia’s African Canadian community began to move from Victoria to Vancouver.

This paper will examine the origins of Vancouver’s Black community. It will centre on women of African descent, their lives, occupations, residence patterns, family structure and relationships with men. Race representation in the mass media will be explored by looking at how Mahala Jenkins’ death and the subsequent trial of the man who killed her were reported by newspapers in Vancouver and throughout the Pacific Northwest.
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Edmunds-Flett, Sherry. ""Highly Respected By All Who Knew Her:" The Life and Death of Mrs. Mahala Jenkins, Boarding House Operator" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, Sep 29, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435179_index.html>

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Edmunds-Flett, S. L. , 2010-09-29 ""Highly Respected By All Who Knew Her:" The Life and Death of Mrs. Mahala Jenkins, Boarding House Operator" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435179_index.html

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Abstract: On Monday August 24, 1908, shortly after 1:00pm, Mrs. Mahala Jenkins, a boarding house operator on Prior Street near Westminster Avenue in East Vancouver, was brutally murdered by a tenant after a quarrel over room rent. Multiple stab wounds to the chest and face were delivered with such force that her head was almost severed from the rest of her body. The murder of Mrs. Jenkins will be placed within the context of Vancouver's changing African Canadian community at the turn of the century. A shift had begun to occur as a growing Vancouver was challenging Victoria's pre-eminence in the provincial economy. As economic opportunities increased, the locus of British Columbia’s African Canadian community began to move from Victoria to Vancouver.

This paper will examine the origins of Vancouver’s Black community. It will centre on women of African descent, their lives, occupations, residence patterns, family structure and relationships with men. Race representation in the mass media will be explored by looking at how Mahala Jenkins’ death and the subsequent trial of the man who killed her were reported by newspapers in Vancouver and throughout the Pacific Northwest.


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