Black History Month is for everyone. Unlike Thornton Blackburn, William Peyton Hubbard was a full Torontonian, born and raised. Much like Blackburn, Hubbard would also establish a Toronto institution.
Hubbard's parents were Virginia slaves who took the Underground Railroad to freedom, finally establishing themselves in Toronto. Born free in Toronto in 1842, Hubbard went to school to be a baker on the grounds currently occupied by Ryerson University. While most schools in Ontario were segregated, Toronto schools were not.