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Charmaine Nelson speak about rare painting showing evidence of slavery in Quebec

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Media@McGill member and art historian, Charmaine Nelson, was in the the news recently to talk about a rare painting offering insights into the hidden history of slavery in Quebec.

"It’s not that we were more benevolent. We still believed that some people were inhuman and worthy of enslavement. So the difference was that the uses of a slave were not as abundant, so we had a smaller population (of slaves).”

See the painting and listen to Professor Nelson's presentation of its history and context: Montreal Gazette: "Painting offers glimpse into Canada’s slave-owning past"

Radio-Canada International: Painting speaks of black slavery in Canada