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African Nova Scotians in the Age of Slavery and Abolition

Petition on behalf of the black people at Preston and Hammonds Plains
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As this petition indicates, the refugees suffered greatly from lack of food, shelter and clothing. Their condition elicited the sympathy of some white residents who called on the government to grant relief. Quite often, the refugees ran out of food towards the end of the long winters in Nova Scotia.

Date: 6 March 1824

Reference: Nova Scotia House of Assembly — Assembly petitions series  Nova Scotia Archives  RG 5 series P vol. 80 no. 32 (microfilm no. 9972)

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