Speaker: Scott Gilles, Curator, Ingersoll Cheese & Heritage Museum
Next to Chatham, Oxford County once had the largest Black population in Ontario. By 1872, 60,000 Blacks had been welcomed into Canada from the U.S., and given equal citizenship, educational opportunities and in many cases grants of land. Some were slaves but others were free Blacks, looking for a better life. They worked the land, raised their families, built schools, churches, established hamlets … and are now gone, leaving little trace.
Pictured: The Reverend Solomon Peter Hale, pastor of the British Methodist Episcopal Church in Ingersoll.