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Secular, Scarred and Sacred

Education and Religion Among the Black Community in Nineteenth-Century Canada

Jerome Teelucksingh

Secular, Scarred and Sacred: Education and Religion Among the Black Community in Nineteenth-Century Canada focuses on the paternal yet exclusionary role of Protestant Whites and their churches among refugee slaves and free Blacks in nineteenth-century Upper Canada—many of whom had migrated to Canada to escape the dreaded system of slavery in the United States. This book contends that White Protestant churches provided organizational, social and theological models among Black communities in Canada. Author Jerome Teelucksingh further explores how Black migrants seized the educational opportunities offered by churches and schools to both advance academically and pursue an ideal of virtuous citizenship that equipped them for new social challenges.

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Table A.1: Muster Book of Free-Black Settlement of Birchtown, Port Rosaway. Muster 3 and 4 July 1784

Source: Letter from Stephen Blucke to Major Skinner. Birchtown, 15 December 1790.

Table A.2: Return for Negroes and Their Families Mustered in Annapolis County 28 May and 30 June 1784

Source: Ward Chipman Papers, Muster Master General’s Office—Loyalist Musters 1776–1785. ← 129 | 130 →

Table A.3: Baptism Register of Christ Church, Nova Scotia

Source: Notes taken from the Register of Baptisms Vol. A, at Christ Church, Shelburne, Nova Scotia. ← 133 | 134 →

Table A.4: Tables Indicating the Black Population During 1860–1861

The census of 1860–1861 indicates that the total “colored” population in Upper Canada was 11,223.

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