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Re: "Cross Border Heritage" - Conference

Thanks, Kathleen;

Actually, though there are many printed sources, there are several online sources of information about Canadian slavery. Amazingly, having been raised in Detroit, just across the Detroit River from Ontario, we were never taught that there was slavery in Canada. I didn't find out about this until I was an adult, doing genealogical research. To be sure, Canadians do NOT like to discuss their slavery history and I've gotten involved in some pretty spirited arguments with white Canadians who insist that blacks were simply "servants who were treated quite well." Yeah, I've heard THAT before.

Anyway, here are a few links that may be of interest to folks. Some of my favorite links, sadly, have disappeared over the past year. I'll post updated sites as I find them.

The Ontario Black History Society -

Ontario Black History Online - (no mention of slavery, though)

History of Canadian Slavery -

The Buxton Historic Site - Excellent information!!

Early Canadiana Online - An AMAZING resource for early Canadian history, this site features actual scanned images of nearly 2,000,000 original documents dating back centuries. It's searchable and the images are excellent ... you can print them out on your own printer and save yourself a trip to the library or archives. FREE for a portion of the database, or $80 Canadian for full access/per year. For ANYONE doing early Canadian research, this database is a godsend -

- Lisa B. Lee
Oakland, CA

: Dear Lisa: Your research is simply amazing. You wrote:
: "Detroit and Windsor were very important stops on the
: Underground Railroad. Interestingly enough, since Michigan
: abolished slavery in 1787, several years before slavery was
: abolished in Canada, many Canadian slaves actually escaped to
: freedom by fleeing to Detroit. Slavery was abolished in Canada
: in 1795 on a graduated basis, finally ending completely in
: 1834."

: We Americans hold fast to the belief that runaway slaves always
: traveled North to gain freedom in Canada.

: Thanks for setting the record straight...that Canadian slaves fled
: SOUTH to gain their freedom.

: Are there any on line sources for the above history?

: Thanks again,

: K Wyer Lane

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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