Historian Afua Cooper will speak on "Routes to Freedom: Ann Maria Jackson, Mother of Seven, and the Underground Railroad to Toronto."
January 20th, 2011
At the St. Lawrence Hall.
157 King Street East. 530 pm
Co-sponsored by Heritage Toronto
Coffee/tea will be provided.
Routes to Freedom explores the remarkable flight and life of enslaved Black woman Ann Maria Jackson who fled to Toronto via the Underground Railroad from Delaware with seven of her children in 1857. The discussion will reveal how Jackson, drawing on the resiliency of her African foremothers built a life for herself and her family during the middle decades of the 19th century Toronto. This story, firmly located at the intersection of class, race, and gender, demonstrates that Jackson and the hundreds of other Black Torontonians during that era, were part of Toronto and Canadian life, history, and culture.
Further, the presentation will go back further in time and address the early history of Black people in Toronto by foregrounding the life of Peggy Pompadour, a local woman, who was enslaved by colonial administrator, and Toronto City father, Peter Russell.
Both stories reveal the multidimensional nature of Toronto’s Black history. For some it was a place of freedom, a haven; for others it was a place of oppression.
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