Stories of the hopeful, brave people who fled slavery and made Toronto their home.
“An engaging and highly readable account of the lives of Black people in Toronto in the 1800s.” — Lawrence Hill, bestselling author of The Illegal
The Underground Railroad: Next Stop, Toronto! is a richly illustrated book that explores Toronto’s role as a destination for thousands of freedom-seekers before the American Civil War. This newly revised edition traces pathways taken by people, enslaved and free, who courageously made the trip north in search of liberty, and offers new biographies, images, and information based on a 2015 archaeological dig in downtown Toronto. Within its pages are stories of courageous men, women, and children who overcame barriers of prejudice and racism to create homes, institutions, and a rich and vibrant community life in Canada’s largest city. These brave individuals established organizations not only to help newcomers but to also oppose the ongoing slavery in the United States.
Based entirely on original research, this book offers fresh insights into the rich heritage of African Americans who became African Canadians and helped to build Toronto as we know the city today. This exciting new edition will be of interest to readers young and old who want to learn more about this unexplored chapter in Toronto’s history.