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Memorializing African Canada - Contributions, Commemoration and Education

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Karolyn Smardz Frost is an archaeologist and historian whose 1985 discovery of the Thornton and Lucie Blackburn Site, Canada's first Underground Railroad excavation, made history. The Blackburns, who escaped from Kentucky in 1831, became successful business people in 19th century Toronto. They owned a considerable amount of real estate and contributed to the business development of fugitive slave colonies in Southwestern Ontario in order to provide employment for incoming refugees.
More than 20 years of intensive research into the Blackburns' early lives in slavery took Dr. Frost to 13 states, and resulted in the first entirely original fugitive slave biography since the 19th century. I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad received Canada's most prestigious prize, the 2007 Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction. It is the first book about Canada's African heritage to do so. Dr. Frost has been instrumental in a number of important initiatives to research and commemorate African Canadian contributions to the history of the nation. She will describe community and grass-roots efforts to ensure that the many facets of Canada's African past are conserved and memorialized, as well as the long struggle to ensure that Black history and culture are foregrounded in school curricula.
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Frost, Karolyn. "Memorializing African Canada - Contributions, Commemoration and Education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436296_index.html>

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Frost, K. S. "Memorializing African Canada - Contributions, Commemoration and Education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436296_index.html

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Abstract: Karolyn Smardz Frost is an archaeologist and historian whose 1985 discovery of the Thornton and Lucie Blackburn Site, Canada's first Underground Railroad excavation, made history. The Blackburns, who escaped from Kentucky in 1831, became successful business people in 19th century Toronto. They owned a considerable amount of real estate and contributed to the business development of fugitive slave colonies in Southwestern Ontario in order to provide employment for incoming refugees.
More than 20 years of intensive research into the Blackburns' early lives in slavery took Dr. Frost to 13 states, and resulted in the first entirely original fugitive slave biography since the 19th century. I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad received Canada's most prestigious prize, the 2007 Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction. It is the first book about Canada's African heritage to do so. Dr. Frost has been instrumental in a number of important initiatives to research and commemorate African Canadian contributions to the history of the nation. She will describe community and grass-roots efforts to ensure that the many facets of Canada's African past are conserved and memorialized, as well as the long struggle to ensure that Black history and culture are foregrounded in school curricula.


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