By Tea at Trianon on March 04, 2014
From The Montreal Gazette: Slavery existed in the Great White North. Art historian Charmaine Nelson says it’s a part of history most Canadians would prefer to sweep under the carpet, and there are few public artifacts by which to remember it. But one work of a young woman posing with a plate of tropical fruit — bearing the innocuous title Portrait of a Haitian Woman — offers a glimpse into a forgotten era, said Nelson, who is one of the laureates for this year’s Black History Month events in Montreal.“If Canadians know about slavery at all, we’re usually patting ourselves on the back and saying we were so much better than those nasty people in the tropical colonies,” said Nelson, an associate professor at McGill University and author of five books. . . .