Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 10:30am
"Fish and Black Slaves: The Canadian Maritimes and the African Slave Trade"
Service leader: Melanie
While residents of Maritime Canada may not have owned large numbers of slaves, the enslavement of Black people did occur there and in other regions of Canada before Britain ended slavery within the colonies in 1834. Not a great deal is known about the transportation and sale of Black men, women, and children in the Maritimes during the days of the British Empire, but an examination of shipping records from this period reveals that this transportation and sale was indeed an important form of commerce. This talk, based on records of ships that docked at ports in the Maritimes, will shed light on the arrival of Black human cargo into Atlantic Canada during the 16th to the 19th centuries.
Dr. Wilburn Hayden, Jr., is a Professor in the School of Social Work at York University. He earned his B.A. from St. Andrews University, his M.S.W. from the University of North Carolina, and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Wilburn has taught at nine American and Canadian public universities. He is a social work educator and practitioner, a community organizer, and an Appalachian Scholar. Currently, his major research interest is the slavery and early history of black Canadians.
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