Title

Buxton village circa 1852 Elgin settlement

Description

"The Elgin Settlement, also known as Buxton, was one of four organized black settlements to be developed in Canada. The black population of Canada West and Chatham was already high due to the area's proximity to the United States. The land was purchased by the Elgin Association through the Presbyterian Synod for creating a settlement. The land lay 12 miles south of Chatham. When news of the Elgin settlement spread, white settlers became worried, and attempted to block its development with a petition. Regardless of sentiment, plans for the settlement went ahead and many of Buxton's settlers feared for the life of William King due to the resistance of whites."

Newby, Duane. "Introduction to the Elgin Settlement." November 2009. http://www.buxtonmuseum.com/history/hist-ELGIN.html (accessed November 11, 2010).

Language

English

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Citation

“Buxton village circa 1852 Elgin settlement,” The Harriet Tubman Resource Centre Digital Archive, accessed December 15, 2018, http://digital.tubmaninstitute.ca/items/show/8.

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