Blackburn, Thornton and Lucie National Historic Person
Thorton and Lucie Blackburn
19 Sackville Street, Toronto, Ontario
Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
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Blackburn, Thornton and Lucie
Legendary escapees from slavery who established first cab company in Toronto
The Blackburns' determination to build free lives provides a window on the experience of many refugees in the Underground Railroad era. Having fled slavery in Kentucky, they were arrested in Detroit in 1833. Their capture sparked riots and in the confusion they managed to escape to Upper Canada. Here, the government twice defended them against extradition, and by 1834 the couple had settled in Toronto. Respected citizens, they established the city's first cab company, worked for Abolition and contributed to the well-being of their community.