Media Advisory - Provincial plaque commemorates Chloe Cooley and the 1793 Act to Limit Slavery in Upper Canada

    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ -

    Date:                 Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 1:30 p.m.
    Location:             Brock's Monument
                          Queenston Heights, Ontario
    Special guests:       The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chairman of
                           the Ontario Heritage Trust
                          The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice
                           and Attorney General of Canada and MP, Niagara
                          Kim Craitor, MPP, Niagara Falls
                          Gary Burroughs, Mayor, Niagara-on-the-Lake
    Photo opportunity:    Unveiling of a provincial plaque
    Contact:              Catrina Colme
                          Marketing and Communications Coordinator
                          Telephone: 416-325-5074

    Join us on Thursday, August 23, at Brock's Monument in Queenston Heights,
as the Ontario Heritage Trust and the Niagara Parks Commission unveil a
provincial plaque to commemorate Chloe Cooley and the 1793 Act to Limit
Slavery in Upper Canada, and to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of
the slave trade.
    On March 14, 1793, Chloe Cooley - a black slave in Queenston - was
forcibly taken by her owner to be sold in the United States. Black veteran
Peter Martin reported the incident and Cooley's violent protests to Lieutenant
Governor John Graves Simcoe, which led him to introduce the Act to Limit
Slavery in Upper Canada. Although slaves already residing in the province were
not freed outright, the Act prevented the further introduction of slaves into
Upper Canada and would gradually lead to the abolition of slavery (though it
did not end entirely in Canada until 1834, when Britain enacted the Abolition
of Slavery Act, eradicating the practice across the empire).
    Following the passage of the Act in 1793, Upper Canada became a refuge
for slaves escaping from America. An estimated 30,000 slaves travelled north
to freedom on the Underground Railroad until the abolition of slavery in 1865
following the Civil War.
    The Ontario Heritage Trust's Provincial Plaque Program commemorates
significant people, places and events in Ontario's history. Since 1953, over
1,200 provincial plaques have been unveiled.

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For further information:

For further information: Catrina Colme, Marketing and Communications
Coordinator, Telephone: (416) 325-5074, E-mail:

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