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Re: Slavery in Canada
In Response To: Re: Slavery in Canada ()

When it came time to immigrate into Canada, folks had to submit an application, which was perused by the local authorities on both sides of the border. These interviews were often done in person, so there was no way to hide your color unless you were light enough to "pass."

In some instances, they would require black applicants to prove a certain amount of financial resources prior to acceptance, or sometimes they had to show they could read/write. In many of these instances, the black applicants had more than enough of the requirements, yet were rejected anyway. Upon appeal, some were overturned and the applicants were allowed in.

There's SOOOO much more to black Canadian history than just the Underground Railroad and it's nice to have a forum such as AfriGeneas to share this important information.

Good luck to you, my dear.

- Lisa B. Lee
Oakland, CA

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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