"THE WILBERFORCE SETTLEMENT 1830" Lucan
Posted by: Cargoman
N 43° 11.268 W 081° 24.282
17T E 467114 N 4781749
Quick Description: Ontario Historical Plaque
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 7/1/2008 9:03:33 AM
Waymark Code: WM43AV
In 1829 a group of fugitive Negro slaves in Cincinnati decided to seek a more secure refuge in Canada. In 1830, with the help of Quakers in Oberlin, Ohio, they purchased 800 acres of land in this vicinity from the Canada Company. A settlement was established, the first in Biddulph Township, and groups from New England and New York State joined those from Ohio. By 1833 there were thirty-two families, two schools and a sawmill in this settlement, which was named after the great British abolitionist William Wilberforce. One of the earliest Negro colonies in Upper Canada, its population dwindled rapidly in the 1840's although some families remained for more than a generation.
Address or location of plaque: Behind the Post Office, 179 Main St., Lucan
Physical location of plaque: Town
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Description of any physical remains at site of "Historical Plaque": A small museum with a couple of period buildings.
This 'Plaque' describes: A 'Location'
Condition of sign: Good
Is this a bilingual sign?: No !
What is the second/third language?: French on reverse.
A web-site for more details.: Not listed
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