Sunday, February 22, 2015
2:00pm-4:00pm (Book signing 1:00-2:00pm)
St. Albans Anglican Church, 454 King Edward Avenue, corner King Edward and Daly Avenue
The 16th annual Reconciliation Day in Ottawa, presents Underground Railroad Refugees & their First Nations Guides. Keynote Speaker: Jerry Prager, author, "Laying the Bed: The Native Origins of the Underground Railroad" and "Exodus and Arrivals: Fugitive Roads to Guelph and Beyond". Mr. Prager explores, - the role of First Nations people in guiding the Underground refugees up the Grand River. - The roots of the Idle No More and its struggles for treaty rights. - The story of North American Christianity’s finest hour, from the days when abolitionists were called terrorists by slave-owners; days when schism divided every church but one, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, precursor of the B.M.E., its Canadian offspring; and gives credit where it is due; i.e., to Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists; and above all to the Hicksite Quakers, creators of the Underground Railroad”. FREE ADMISSION
Monday, February 16, 2015
The room was filled.
Thank you Bill Barrett and staff for hosting, your regular customers for adjusting, Big John Leacock for the introduction and for helping me from the beginning of my research, Transition Guelph and Christoper Currie for the use of the PA, Handel Callender from CRFU for recording the event, and to all those who came out to listen, and to those who bought books. A special thanks to Denise Francis from the Guelph Black Heritage Society for her support from the beginning of this project.
photo: Bill Barrett
Photo: John Leacock