The Abolition-Emancipation Movement in Guelph, Ontario.
It has stood at 83 Essex Street Guelph since its base stones were set in late June 1880. Its cornerstone was set on September 17 1880 as recorded in the Guelph Mercury and Advertiser. The contents of the cornerstone were described in that article, "Copy of the Holy Scriptures, Hymn Book of the BME Church, copy of the Missionary Messenger - the organ of the church; and copies of the Mercury and Herald." Presumably, the contents had already been placed inside a tin box, hermetically sealed and then painted over before being placed in a carved-out section of the cornerstone, then covered with sand and mortared under the stone above it. The Mercury report noted that the structure was already twelve feet high, with half the basement four feet in the ground and the other four feet above it. The base stones of the church could well be mortared directly onto the same ridge of limestone that extends across the road to where the ground drops behind the southside homes and into a remnant of the quarry from which many of the nearby stone houses had also come. The Guelph BME was, by the 1880's, one of the last stone structures erected in the neighbourhood. The quarry had been owned by the man who had been awarded the contract to raise the church, William Slater, listed in the 1881 city directory as a stone cutter.
is a secret hidden in the heart of New Orleans, a secret hidden in
plain sight but ignored by all but the secret citizens themselves.
Before Bienville arrived in this area in 1718, Native American scouts
informed the adventurous Frenchman that there were groups of
Africans—they probably said “blacks”—living over there in
their own communities and that these self-ruled women and men would
not talk to whites.
how the Native Americans knew that the blacks would not talk to
whites remains unexplained, the report seems accurate on the face of
it. After all, close to three centuries later in post-Katrina New
Orleans there remain a number of us who are reluctant to talk
truthfully to outsiders—not out of fear of repercussions or because
of an inability to speak English but rather we remain reticent on the
general principle that there’s no future in such conversations.x