Happy Black History Month! The CFHA has numerous documents and publications that can help you with historical research and inquiry about Black people in Canada.
One such document is the Memorial written about William Allen, a man who was born as a slave in Tennessee and died as a minister at the Yonge St. Meeting.
In the death of our dear friend and brother William Allen, a valued minister, who deceased the 21st of 5th month, 1898, at the residence of Wm. Colquhoun, Gowrie, Ontario, this Meeting would record the deep sense of its loss, and the loving memory of his life and service.– William Allen Memorial
Linked in the introduction of the Memorial are some research articles in various Canadian Quaker History Journal issues:
- William Allen: Friends Minister and Evangelist, Jane Zavitz Bond, No. 64, p. 51, 1999
- William Allen’s Memorandum Book, 1887-1891, Jane Zavitz Bond, No. 64, p. 54, 1999
- Memoirs of William Allen, Fred L. Ryon, No. 65, p. 37, 1999
We know of many who were born into the Kingdom through his instrumentality, and we are satisfied that many will rise up in the last day and bless God for the life-work of William Allen. May his example be an impetus to us all.