Black History in Canada, Part Two

05 Feb

As we continue our series on Black History Month, allow me to introduce you to Marie-Joseph Angélique.

The Hanging of Angelique by Afua Cooper.

Marie-Joseph Angélique was a slave owned by François Poulin de Francheville in Montreal.

In 1734, there was a fire that started at the Francheville’s home and  destroyed forty-six buildings in the colony, including the Hôtel-Dieu hospital. Some have alleged that Marie-Joseph set the fire to cover up her plan to escape slavery with her white lover.

She was found, brought to trial and, after 40 hours of torture confessed to the crime. The evidence, however was very circumstantial. Her sentence, death by hanging, was carried out on June 21, 1734, in front of the burned remains of the Francheville’s home.

The very best place to get the full story about today’s post is at Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History – once there, I suggest you visit the site for so much more! There is also a pretty good article at Hour Community by Richard Burnett.

To get a copy of the book by Afua Cooper, Hanging Of Angelique, CLICK HERE.


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12 responses to “Black History in Canada, Part Two

  1. Shelli@howsitgoingeh?

    February 9, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I’m definitely going to check this book out! Thanks again! I recently read The Book of Negroes which although I know is historical fiction gave me insight into the migration of slaves + the free into Nova Scotia, which I never knew about. Do you know any books on the history of Africville?

  2. seeker

    February 6, 2014 at 12:01 am

    That was just another Crucible or witch hunt. I’ll check this book out in the library. Thank you, Tk.

    • tkmorin

      February 6, 2014 at 9:04 am

      It’s worth reading, P! 🙂

  3. cindybruchman

    February 5, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Looks great–but how depressing.

  4. Michelle Bennetts Heumann

    February 5, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Huh…I kind of feel that after 40 HOURS of torture, anyone would confess to just about anything… 😛

    • tkmorin

      February 5, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      Especially if you consider the lack of human rights back then, I’m sure they were more rough than you’d find today!

  5. L. Marie

    February 5, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Wow! I’d like to read that book!

    • tkmorin

      February 5, 2014 at 10:17 am

      And it’s quite the story! Maybe I’ll put a link to the book from the page … 🙂

  6. denmother

    February 5, 2014 at 8:51 am

    How intriguing!

    • tkmorin

      February 5, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Isn’t it though! 🙂


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