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The Abolition Movement in British North America

Abolition Movement in British North America

Photo by contributor Rick Mason - Posted May, 2011

Abolition Movement in British North America

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

Plaque Location

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent
In Chatham, on the north side of King Street East
between Princess and Prince streets.


Coordinates: N 42 24.370 W 82 10.513

Map

Plaque Text

From 1783 until the 1860s, abolitionists in British North America took part in the fight to end slavery both at home and in the United States. Thanks to the determination of colonial officials, anti-slavery organizations, and the thousands of African Americans who took refuge in Upper and Lower Canada and the Maritimes during this period, the colonies became a centre of abolitionist activity, as evidenced by the convention held here at this church by John Brown in 1858. This struggle for human rights had a defining influence on African Canadian culture and helped shape Canada's values and institutions.


Another plaque at this location
John Brown's Convention 1858

Related Ontario plaque
John Brown's Convention 1858

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Other Plaques in Chatham
Chatham Blockhouse 1794
David Mills 1831-1903
Dr. Anderson Ruffin Abbott 1837-1913
Emily Ferguson Murphy 1868-1933
Jean McKishnie Blewett 1862-1934
John Brown's Convention 1858
Kent County Court House
Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893)
Mary Ann Shadd (Cary) (1823-1893)
Old St. Paul's Church & Christ Church
The Provincial Freeman

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Chatham-Kent Plaques




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