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Chloe Cooley

HERITAGE MINUTES

#PARTOFOURHERITAGE

RELEASED 2022

This Heritage Minute follows Chloe Cooley, an enslaved Black woman in Upper Canada in 1793. Her acts of resistance in the face of violence led to Canada’s first legislation limiting slavery.

Chloe Cooley was an enslaved Black woman in Upper Canada in the late 18th century. Under the watchful eye of estate owner Adam Vrooman, Chloe engaged in acts of resistance however she could: by refusing to work or temporarily leaving the property without permission. With rumours of abolition circulating, Vrooman and his men kidnapped Chloe on March 14, 1793, and violently forced her on a boat across the Niagara River to the United States. There, he believed he could still profit from what he considered his investment. Witnesses, including the free man Peter Martin, later testified to Chloe’s resistance in the face of her violent removal, leading to Canada’s first legislation limiting slavery. Despite this, slavery in Canada was not abolished until 1834.  

For more information about Chloe Cooley, please visit The Canadian Encyclopedia.



CREDITS
  • Chloe Cooley - Olivia Barrett
  • Peter Martin - Troy Crossfield
  • Adam Vrooman - Peter Valdron
  • End Narration - The Hon. Jean Augustine
  • Director - Alison Duke
  • Director of Photography - Lucas Joseph
  • Editor - Sonia Godding Togobo
  • Composer - Orin Isaacs
  • Written by - Naledi Jackson
  • Story Editor - Alison Duke
  • Producers - Ngardy Conteh George & Alison Duke
  • Produced by OYA Media Group