Marie- Joseph Angélique
1705 - 1734
Born in Madeira, Portugal, Marie was amongst the first enslaved Black women sent to Canada during the Atlantic Slave Trade. As a domestic slave, Marie-Joseph advocated for her freedom and when denied, fled from her captors. In 1734, she was falsely charged with arson after a fire leveled several Montréal’s merchants' quarters. It was alleged that Angélique committed the act while attempting to flee her bondage. Due to her race, gender, and class, she was deemed the "perfect scapegoat" and was convicted, tortured and hanged. While it remains unknown whether or not she set the fire, Angélique’s story has come to symbolize Black resistance and freedom.
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