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Canadian Pilgrimage to Louisiana (1984)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Clinton, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, Jackson, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-11-25

Duration: 00:05:21

Subjects: Slavery | Canada | Freedmen


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Smith, Edna Jordan Interviewee


This segment from the November 25, 1984, episode of the series “Folks” features Rob Hinton’s report on a pilgrimage of black Canadians from Buxton, Canada, to south Louisiana. Hinton reports that the travelers are the descendants of fifteen slaves from Louisiana that were freed and moved to Canada by Reverend William King in 1848. He interviews Edna Jordan Smith, the pilgrimage coordinator, who discusses the ancestors of the Canadians. He also follows the travelers as they retrace Reverend King’s route at the courthouse in Clinton and a church in Jackson and attend a concert in their honor at Southern University in Baton Rouge. He also interviews two of the Canadians, who discuss their experience in Louisiana.