Historian Afua Cooper proclaims that “slavery is Canada’s best kept secret” Katherine McKittrick posits that Canada’s history of slavery has been carefully landscaped out Canadian history yet Marcel Trudel found 4,200 slaves in Canada’s french territories including the Windsor area and when loyalists came they brought over 2,500 slaves with them.
The Landscape of Forgetting is a walk by Camille Turner & Alana Bartol that reflects on the history of slavery in the Windsor region and considers how the past shapes the present. The first walk took place on November 15, 2014 as part of the Neighbourhood Spaces Symposium. It begins at Baby House at 255 Pitt and wanders down to Dieppe Gardens at 78 Riverside Drive West. The walk brings the names and stories of enslaved people into public space and tells their stories as part of Windsor’s history.
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