A few years in the making, Stellarton’s new Rev. George Munro Grant plaque has been erected in a new small park at the end of Foord Street near the Museum of Industry.
The heritage site plaque was originally at town hall and has since been relocated and now features the addition of an information plaque about Munro Grant’s life and the many exploits that have earned him his place in Canadian and Pictou County history.
When initially elected mayor of Stellarton, Danny Mac Gillivray shared that council was approached by local historian John Ashton bringing attention to Munro Grant and the impact that the Stellarton native has had in Canada.
“I’d come across him years ago,” said Ashton.
Munro Grant was born in 1835 in the Stellarton area when it was still named Albion Mines before the area was incorporated as a town. He had studied at Pictou Academy and West River Seminary and was involved in the direction of the School for the Blind, the Halifax Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, the Children’s Home and Child Immigration Schemes, the Old Ladies’ Home, the Halifax Industrial School, the Halifax Visiting Dispensary, and the Young Men’s Christian Association. He also had an important role in the act of Confederation and later became the principal of Queen’s University in Ontario.
Ashton shared that it was difficult to condense such an accomplished life history on to an interpretative panel so, to ensure he got the most interesting and important parts of his life, Ashton did some deep research to bring all of this together.
A good crowd of around 20 people attended the ceremony that was held during Homecoming Week in Stellarton.
Mayor of Stellarton Danny MacGillivray, left and Deputy Mayor Simon Lawand, right, unveil the new interpretive panel and plaque in memory of Rev. George Munro Grant, originally from Albion Mines (Stellarton). (Brimicombe photo)