2018: Montreal is turning 375. As I believe we should celebrate the city we love and live in,Montreal doesn't only have beautiful good things in it’s history.It's normal, all cities have some dark pasts. What i don't find healthy though, is pretending that nothing too bad ever happened. Because there is stuff... Like the 200 years of this city's history where it was legal to OWN people. You know : slavery. Now even if it was never to the extent of our southern neighbors, it's still a fucked up part of our past.
This is Marie-Josephe Angelique, a Montréal enslaved woman that got accused of running away from her "mistress'" house and burning down part of the city with her white lover. They hung her in public in 1734. She always denied setting the fire and never, even under torture, gave her man's name out. She was the definition ofOppression. Yet she managed to run away and always keep her dignity, even when the the entire world told her she was nothing. To call this woman strong is a euphemism. Angelique, i salute you and your courage.Angelique, i look up to you.1734, je me souviens.