The Act to Limit Slavery: Black History Month Feature

It was the personal and physical struggle of a Black woman named Chloe Cooley that set into motion the beginning of the end of slavery in Canada. In March 1793, a United Empire Loyalist Sargeant named Adam Vrooman, to whom Cooley was enslaved, brutally bound Cooley as she struggled and then attempted to transport her across the Niagara River to be sold. Witnesses to this violent act reported the incident to Lieutenant-Governor, John Graves Simcoe and the Executive Council of Upper Canada.

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