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Works Contributed To:

Road to Freedom- CD


The history of slavery is woven throughout the history of mankind. It is a tragic story of physical, mental and emotional devastation. Nothing tears at the heart more than loved ones being permanently separated from each other - husband from wife, sister from brother, parent from child. When thinking of slavery, these images are quickly conjured into focus and, once envisioned, are slow to fade. Probing below the surface of inhumanity and suffering, are also stories of faith, of devotion and of hope. Those accounts survive in the few written words that they left behind that occasionally found their way to the page in interviews, newspaper articles, diaries and official records. No less poignant, are the lyrics of the songs that gave voice to their condition. Today, more than a century and a half later, the simple yet rich tones of the spirituals that they once sang still resonate. The content and the melodies, that had the qualities of being comforting and cathartic, were sometime mournful to express their pain, or plaintive in the optimism that they would reach the ears of God.











In the Road To Freedom concert series, a group of friends, spearheaded by choir director Karen Ann Schuessler, have came together to pay tribute to the individuals who were a part of this episode in North American history. The magnificent Karen Schuessler Singers, along with the soulful voice of Denise Pelley, resurrect this story with their provocative and beautiful harmonies. They have been accompanied by the outstanding pianist, Steve Holowitz, as well as Darryl Stacey, Aaron MacDonald, Jeff Christmas, Steve Clark, Greg Mainprize, Ian McKay and Ronald Fox, all superb musicians with the ability to not only compliment the singers but also to summon sounds that touch the soul. The narrations delivered by historians Bryan and Shannon Prince, are the actual words of those who were once enslaved but found the strength and the courage to find freedom for themselves in Canada and those of the underground railroad agents who risked all for a higher cause.

Editorial Board- Adam Matthew's digital resource: Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice


Bryan contributed an essay which covers free slave settlements in Canada and the help given to fugitive slaves.  Because of his extensive research in many archives and other repositories throughout Ontario and the United States, he was able to offer suggestions for important records that needed to be digitized by Adam Matthew’s staff and other contacts and made available to researchers. The intent of this project as well as the overview of the records now available appears on Adam Matthew’s website:


Designed for both teaching and research, this resource brings together documents and collections from libraries and archives across the Atlantic world covering an extensive time period from 1490. Close attention has been given to the varieties of slavery, the legacy of slavery, the social justice perspective and the continued existence of slavery today.


The project offers:

•High quality images of many thousands of original manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and images not available elsewhere. Much of the illustrative content is provided in full colour.

•A powerful portal with links to other significant online sources approved by leading scholars. These international sites are a very important aspect of this resource.

•A series of contextual essays by leading authorities from around the world. Each essay has links directly to the primary sources it discusses.

•Thematic and Court Record tutorials enabling students and teachers multiple pathways into the primary sources.

Historical consultant on the joint PBS / Rogers television film “The Underground Railroad: The William Still Story”  

"Underground Railroad: The William Still Story tells the dramatic story of William Still, one of the most important yet largely unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad. Still was determined to get as many runaways as he could to "Freedom’s Land,” smuggling them across the US border to Canada.  Bounty hunters could legally abduct former slaves living in the so-called free northern states, but under the protection of the British, Canada provided sanctuary for fugitive slaves."


Co-writer of the script for the OMNI television documentary “A Thousand Miles To Freedom”


Contributed chapter to “A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland” 

Bryan's chapter is entitled The Illusion of Safety: Attempts to Extradite Fugitive Slaves from Canada.

 "A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland is a ‘must read’ for those engaged and interested in the Underground Railroad story and history. This is solid research done by community and academic researchers and writers whose breadth of experience and expertise add great credibility to this book. The individual essays place emphasis on the cross-border journeys of fugitive slaves across the Detroit River that served as a corridor. A Fluid Frontier will certainly illuminate, educate, and provide material for discussion in many American and Canadian settings."

      – Honourable Jean Augustine, first African Canadian woman elected to the             Parliament of Canada and to be in a Federal Cabinet (PC) and was appointed         a member of the Distinguished Order of Canada (CM)

Contributed chapter to “THE TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE AND SLAVERY: New Directions in Teaching and Learning” 

Bryan co-wrote the chapter, Buxton Education: A Short History of Early Black Education in Canada, with his wife Shannon.  


The Chattel enslavement of Africans on a global scale, the most extensive crime against humanity perpetrated in modernity, has many enduring legacies. Foremost among these is the persistent challenge of speaking, teaching, and learning about it. The sound of silence is everywhere; most disturbingly, in the classrooms of schools and academies the world over. Once again, we are indebted to Professor Paul Lovejoy, a warrior for reason and advocate for academic engagement in the search for solutions. He has joined forces with Benjamin Bowser and together they have provided us with a text, unique in its understanding and passionate in its pursuit of bringing the latest information and knowledge of how best to place the world of slavery at the fingertips of the teacher, student, and researcher. It's a powerfully enabling tool with which all parties to the exchange of teaching and learning will feel their empowerment. No longer will there be acceptance and tolerance of the mantra that the task is too daunting.”

      - Sir Hilary Beckles, Ph.D. Principal and Professor, University of the West                 Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados

Canadian Contributor for the Chicago based Center for Black Genealogy’s newsletter 

Bryan's articles offer suggestions for Canadian resources that are valuable for genealogists and family historians.  


Contributing Author of "Something to Hope For: The Story of the Fugitive Slave Settlement Buxton, Canada West"

To purchase this book, please contact the Buxton National Historic Site & Museum by clicking the link below.


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