Best, Carrie M., 1903-2001

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Best, Carrie M., 1903-2001

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Carrie Mae Prevoe was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, on 4 March 1903, the daughter of James and Georgina (Ashe) Prevoe. She married Albert Theophilus Best on 24 June 1925. She was a journalist and in 1946 founded The Clarion, the first Black-owned and published Nova Scotia newspaper which operated until 1956. In 1952 she started a radio show, The Quiet Corner, which aired for 12 years. From 1968 to 1975 she was a columnist for The Pictou Advocate newspaper. She received the first Lloyd McInnes Memorial Award in 1970. After her husband's death, she donated five hectares of her land to create a park named after him. The Albert T. Best Park in New Glasgow, carefully planned to be safe for children and seniors, was opened on 21 August 1972. She was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1974 and promoted to Officer in 1979. In 1977 she published her auto-biography, That Lonesome Road. She also received honorary degrees from both the University of King's College and St. Francis Xavier University in 1975. She died on 24 July 2001. She was posthumously awarded the Order of Nova Scotia in 2002.


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