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Black Communities in Canada
Deed of Sale
Deed of Sale of the Mulatto Slave Isabelle or Bell by Georges Hipps to the Honourable Hector-Théophilus Cramahé (translation), 1778
Quebec, Notarial Records, Joseph-Antoine Panet, November 14, 1778
MG 8 A 23, vol. 111, 4 p. (transcription)
Plan of the Elgin Settlement
Plan of the Elgin Settlement, ca. 1860
Elgin (at Buxton, Ontario) was founded by the Reverend Dr. William King in 1849 as a planned community. The settlement demonstrated to pro-slavery supporters that people of African descent could prosper outside the bonds of slavery.
William King fonds
MG 24 J 14, item 644
Share Certificate, London, February 13, 1860
Funds were also raised in England to support services such as schools and churches at the Elgin Settlement in Canada West (Ontario).
William King fonds MG 24 J 14, item 846
Petition, Sandwich, Ontario, February 19, 1849
Petition opposing the plan by the Presbyterian Synod to settle "coloured people" in several townships in southern Ontario.
William King fonds MG 24 J 14, item 698-699
Letter from Baltimore
Letter from Baltimore, 1830
Letter of introduction for John Deaver, a delegate from the "free people of colour" in Baltimore, to inquire about conditions in Upper Canada, with the intention of settling in Canada.
RG 5 A 1, vol. 100, p. 56286
Fugitive Slaves in Canada
Fugitive Slaves in Canada, 1860
These posters give evidence of the leading role played by refugees and clergy, including the Reverend Dr. William King, in working on behalf of the Canadian anti-slavery movement with abolitionists in England, Ireland and Scotland.
William King fonds MG 24 J 14, p. 860 and p. 863
Pamphlet on the Elgin Settlement
Pamphlet on the Elgin Settlement, 1860
By William King
William King, Fugitive Slaves in Canada: Elgin Settlement, 1860