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Resources Relating to Black History at the Archives of Ontario

Montage of Images of Black History

The Archives of Ontario has numerous records relating to Black History in the province. For an introduction to these, explore the online exhibits listed below. There are also educational workshops available to teachers, and a list of a wide variety of resources that are available to researchers.

Online Exhibits

Copies of the signatures on the bottom of a letter written in 1854
This one-page letter, dated 1854, believed to be from a runaway slave from Kentucky, describes his preference for his new country, Canada West.
Hand=drawn illustration of General Toussaint L'Overture
Lincoln Alexander was a leading figure in the fight for racial equity in Canada. This small exhibit presents snapshots taken from an interview conducted by Philip Sworden in March 1997.
Tintype photographic portrait of black couple with their young baby
A joint project of the Archives and the Ontario Black History Society, this exhibit celebrates a community which has played a significant role in Ontario's history.
Hand drawn illustration of General Toussaint L'Overture
Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada explores the lives of slaves and focuses on the actions they took to resist their servitude.
Photograph of Dan Hill, first director of Ontario's Human Rights Commission
This exhibit explores the life of Dan Hill, the first Director of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and community activist with a sustained interest in the history of Blacks in Canada.
Detail of a photograph of black boys standing front of a school
Alvin McCurdy lived in Amherstburg, in South-Western Ontario, and collected thousands of documents and photographs relating to black history in the province.

Educational Resources Relating to Black History

formal portait of a black woman

Selected records pertaining to Black History in the Archives of Ontario

Content Warning: please note that this list includes language supplied by original record creators which is now considered outdated, offensive and harmful. The Archives of Ontario maintains such language for context and to accurately convey historical attitudes.

Commemorating the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the War of 1812

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