The Echoes of Chloe Cooley screening

In celebration of African Heritage Month, the Brock African Heritage Recognition Committee (BAHRC) is showing the film “The Echoes of Chloe Cooley.

The screening is Monday, Feb. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Pond Inlet.

This short documentary produced by Andrea Conte tells the unknown story of Chloe Cooley – an enslaved woman of African descent in Upper Canada – who was violently beaten, bound, and thrown in a boat to be sold by her owner back to the United States.

Witnesses brought her screams of protest before the Canadian government, who moved to pass the 1793 Act to Limit Slavery, banning the importation of enslaved people to Canada.

While the law freed no one, it made Canada a refugee state for people escaping slavery from the US. So began the Underground Railroad movement northward.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

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