Feb 01, 2023
By Andy Johnson
As part of Black History Month, Canada Post has issued a new stamp to honour a Black woman who lived in Upper Canada in the the late 1700s.
Chloe Cooley’s resistance to her own enslavement in Queenston, on the Niagara River across from Lewiston, New York, is considered the beginning of the abolition movement in Canada.
Cooley was captured and smuggled into the United States to be sold and did not personally benefit from the anti-slave legislation, but that legislation led the way for at least 30,000 freedom-seeking American slaves to take the underground railway to Canada.