Amherstburg Freedom Museum
#OTD in 1833 An Act for the Abolition of Slavery throughout the British Colonies, including Canada, received Royal Assent. #DYK this Act took effect on August 1, 1834, but only resulted in the partial emancipation of those enslaved? This is because it only freed children under the age of six, while others remained as apprentices for four to six years.
What this law did do was introduce Canada as free soil for African Americans escaping enslavement in the US, resulting in the mass movement of approximately 30,000 to 40,000 freedom seekers to Canada and places such as #Amherstburg where they found safety in the Nazrey A.ME. Church. #windsoressex #localhistory