Wonderful history of Charlottetown and PEI to conclude African history month in PEI.

Isaac L. Stewart

G’day there!

To cap off Black History Month, I thought this week we would veer away from focussing on the subject of slavery and turn our attention instead to an exploration of ‘the Bog’, where could once be found Charlottetown’s black community. Home to freed slaves and their descendants throughout the 19th century, it was a region in the west-end portion of the city’s original 500 town lots, bordered by Euston, Pownal, Richmond, and West streets. Here’s a graphic to give you a visual sense.

Present-day satellite imagery of Charlottetown. The Bog falls within the encircled area. Present-day satellite imagery of Charlottetown. The Bog falls more or less within the encircled area.

Recognize the area? I imagine you probably do. Today, a large section in the centre of it has been physically altered by the construction of provincial government offices (Shaw, Sullivan, and Jones buildings),as well as a sizeable parking lot, begun in the mid 1960s, and the streetscape in general has…

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