Being Black in Rural Ontario 1900s

Being Black in Rural Ontario 1900s




February is Black History month in Canada and last month I was asked  by a reader if I knew any information about local black family/woman that lived in Carleton Place in the 1920s.

I felt it was important to pay tribute and I began searching. The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum had no information, but local historian Karen Prytula did some digging and found out there was one particular Ball family that lived in Carleton Place on Hawthorn Street in 1921.

Their names were Alcida, Ivonne, Maguerite, Annette and Leo and were listed as unemployed as were many in that time frame. Karen has done extensive research on slavery in the southern states and she noticed that the Ball family of Georgia/South Carolina were owners of huge plantations. When the Ball family slaves escaped to the north, or to the British forces, or were manumitted, or emancipated, a great…

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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