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Karolyn Smardz Frost to speak on African Canadian History.
In recognition of Black History Month and Simcoe County’s own Black Heritage, the Huronia chapter is pleased welcome Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost to speak at our February 27th members meeting.
Our meeting will be held at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre, Midland starting at 7: PM.
Our meetings are open to the general public at no charge.
Black church in Oro township
Karolyn Smardz Frost
an archaeologist and an historian, Karolyn Smardz Frost explores North
America's rich African American and African Canadian heritage and specializes
in studying and teaching the Underground Railroad in the Great Lakes basin. She
is an adjunct professor at both Acadia and Dalhousie Universities, and is
consulting historical archaeologist for the Cataract House hotel excavations in
Niagara Falls, New York.
is also an accomplished author of lively and intriguing narrative non-fiction.
In 2007 Karolyn won the Governor General's Award for I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost
Tale of the Underground Railroad. Her co-edited A Fluid Frontier:
Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River
Borderland (2016), won the Historical Society of Michigan Book Award.
newest volume, Steal Away Home (HarperCollins Canada 2016) tells the
story of Cecelia Jane Reynolds, who at the age of fifteen fled her Kentucky by
way of the Cataract House hotel at Niagara Falls NY. Reaching Toronto she learned
to write and began a correspondence with Fanny, the woman who had once owned
her body, asking the price of her own family's freedom. Thus began a
twenty-year correspondence between a freedom-seeker and her former mistress
that has no parallel in the annals of American slavery.
A finalist for the Atlantic Book and
Heritage Toronto Awards, Steal Away Home won
the Speaker's Award for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and the J.J. Talman
Award for the best book in Ontario history over the past three years. The most
exciting news yet is that Steal Away Home
has been optioned for a five-part mini-series by Conquering Lion Pictures,
which produced the Book of Negroes
for television! Karolyn will speak about the archaeology of the Underground
Railroad, and tell the tale of not one but two excavations illuminating the
life of freedom-seeker Cecelia Jane Reynolds.