Blacks first arrived in Canada as slaves by the British, in the early 1600’s. By the 1800’s, many Black people made their way to Oxford County. But not all Blacks came here as slaves. Many were free Blacks, trying to make a living in their communities from Ingersoll to Tillsonburg. There is a rich history of Black people and their contributions within Oxford County. However, these long gone hamlets have since disappeared and are almost forgotten.
(Hit the "Button Text" above to read my article "Almost Forgotten: Black History in Oxford County" that appeared in the The Sentinel-Review on Wednesday, February 28, 2001 page 5.)
Quote: “...When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech at Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963.
Listen to the full speech 17.28 minutes here.