Sunday, 31 July 2011

177 Years of FREEDOM – Emancipation Day

On August 1, 1834, slavery was outlawed in the British Empire, which included Canada. This was 30 years before slavery was outlawed in the United States (with the Union victory in the Civil War). Following the abolition of slavery in Canada, 770,280 blacks crossed the border to freedom. Canada was the last stop on the “Freedom Train” as blacks took the long, dangerous journey on the Underground Railroad in an attempt to live as free human beings. 

Of course, the Underground Railroad wasn't an actual railroad, it was a system of routes that slaves had to journey through in order to get to the Northern United States. From here, “Conductors” would assist them to safely cross over the border into Canada and into a life of Freedom.  Harriet Tubman is one of the more famous of these “Conductors.” Harriet made 19 trips to the southern states and led more than 300 people to their freedom.

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