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London’s role as refuge for southern slave owners exposed in book

Some of London, Ont.’s founding families are buried just feet from fugitive slave owners who fled their plantations. Brian Martin, author of a new book, says his findings reveal a fuller picture of Canada’s complex history as a refuge for people escaping slavery, and as a safe haven for some slave owners.

Author Brian "Chip" Martin shows the gravestone of slave owner Gabriel Manigault who found refuge in London, Ont., as seen on Oct. 4, 2022. (Daryl Newcombe/CTV News London)

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