Harriet Tubman is the woman who became known as “Grandma Moses”. She was given the nickname for leading her people to freedom in Canada. She was also known as ‘General’ for having led a raid in the American Civil War. March 10th in the United States is dedicated to her memory.
The first slave transaction in Canada was over a child. But records suggest Olivier Le Jeune was eventually bought and sold into a better life.
Mathieu Da Costa, the first black man to arrive in Canada, is said to have been born in the Azores. The Mathieu da Costa Challenge is an annual event in Canada now. Young people across the country compete with compositions and drawings that express Canada’s unique history and diversity.