Black History Month: Buxton and the Elgin Settlement

During the month of February and in the honor  of #Blackhistorymonth, we will bring you stories and images from the Black/African communities around the world…Our second installment on Black History Month is from Buxton and the Elgin Settlement in Canada.


Black History Month

Between the years of 1801 and 1876, Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln to prepare a report on the “Canadian Negroes” and what was known as the Elgin Settlement; a community of African-Americans who had escaped slavery by way of the Underground Railroad.

His report said in part, “Twenty years ago, most of them were slaves who owned nothing, not even their children. Now they own themselves; they own homes and farms, and they have their wives and children about them. They are enfranchised citizens of a government which protects their rights.”

Today, Buxton is a multidimensional historical and heritage site; but it is also a place where you can see the results of Black Americans’ determined quest for freedom, justice, and self-determination.

Source: Philosophical Traveller 

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