The Abraham Beverley Walker Scholarship
at The University of New Brunswick
Help maintain the University of New Brunswick's Abraham Beverley Walker Scholarship, named in honour of Canada's first Canadian-born Black lawyer, native New Brunswicker Abraham Beverley Walker.
To promote and recognize excellence and diversity in the first-year UNB Law School class, the UNB Faculty offers a first-year law student an entrance scholarship(s) valued up to $5,000. Preference will be given to Black students.
The scholarship commemorates Saint John lawyer and writer Abraham Beverley Walker (1851-1909), the first student to enroll in this Faculty (1892) and the first Canadian-born Black person to become a lawyer.
By supporting the Abraham Beverley Walker Scholarship at UNB, you are providing opportunities for students to both follow in the footsteps of a pioneering Black Canadian lawyer and enhance their learning experience at UNB. Thank You!
A Short Glimpse of Mr. Walker’s Life and Career
New Brunswick-native Abraham Beverley Walker, the nation's first Canadian-born Black lawyer, was born in 1851 in Kars Parish, New Brunswick. Educated on the Kingston Peninsula, his drive and determination saw him learning the art of shorthand, which he used to earn a living before accepting a clerkship in the law office of George Gilbert. In 1881, he was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of New Brunswick and opened a law office on Princess Street in Saint John.
Although a man of well-documented intelligence and recognized legal proficiency, Walker's prospects were nonetheless diminished by the biased racial attitudes of his time. The bigotry he faced in Saint John hastened his move to the State of Georgia. By 1892, however, realizing the grass was not greener in 19th-Century Georgia, he returned to Saint John, studied at the law school that would become the University of New Brunswick Law School, and took a job as the librarian for the Saint John Law Society. He died at his home on City Road in 1909.