Rose Fortune was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania circa 1774. After the American Revolution, the family move to Nova Scotia when she was 10 years old. She started her own business carting luggage between the ferry docks and nearby homes and hotels. It’s didn’t take long before she became a trusted figure for travelers. The business she started continued in operation until 1980.
Rose died in 1864, she was 89. She was buried in an unmarked grave in the Garrison Cemetery.
What you may not know about Rose is that she was an African-American, she was also the first female police officer in Canada. Her job was to safeguard the property on the wharves and warehouses around Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.
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