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Wayde Compton

Wayde Compton

Pacific Central Station, 1150 Station St.

  • Author: Britt S. Baker
  • Date Posted: Oct 15, 2015
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  • Address: Plaque is on lamppost across from the main entrance of the above address.

Wayde Compton

Photo credit: Ayelet Tsabari


Location: Plaque is on lamppost across from the main entrance of the above address.

As the foremost proponent of black literature in Vancouver, poet, historian and turntablist Wayde Compton edited Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature & Orature (2001) and he remains acutely aware that this bustling CN train station (that gave rise to the nickname Terminal City) is where most immigrants arrived in B.C. up until the 1950s.

I too am archival, if not archived; I’m in this project of drawing a line from what was then to what is now. I am in an afterimage of our history.

From After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, & Region

This was also the place where many black men went to work each day. Because so many black men in Vancouver worked as porters on the CN trains, there arose, in close proximity, a thriving black community called Hogan’s Alley. Compton has since anthologized the writing of more than 40 black writers of B.C.

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This was also the place where many black men went to work each day. Because so many black men in Vancouver worked as porters on the CN trains, there arose, in close proximity, a thriving black community called Hogan’s Alley. Compton has since anthologized the writing of more than 40 black writers of B.C.

I too am archival, if not archived; I’m in this project of drawing a line from what was then to what is now. I am in an afterimage of our history.

From After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, & Region

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