Creator(s): Workers Arts and Heritage Centre
During the 19th century, escaped slaves and free Blacks migrated to Canada with dreams of a better life, a world that promised both opportunities and obstacles. African Canadians helped to forge Canada, yet by the end of the 19th century, increased European immigration pushed Black Canadians into the lowest status, lowest pay, menial and unskilled jobs. Despite these restrictions, African Canadians set down roots and proudly established their own communities. This exhibit seeks to locate the voices and stories of Hamilton's Black community within the context of the larger experiences of African Canadians.