In 1858, an estimated 800 men, women and children of African descent arrived in British Columbia. Questions include why they came, what was their impact, why many left, where they traveled and many others. This symposium presents continuing research that reveals valuable insights on this period of Black history. Speakers are Dr. Adam Arenson, Professor of History at Manhattan College; Sherry Edmunds-Flett, doctoral candidate in History, Simon Fraser University; and Dr. Stacey Smith, Associate Professor of History, Oregon State University. Moderated by Dr. Dana Elizabeth Weiner, Associate Professor of History, Wilfrid Laurier University. There will be short creative performances during the program and Q&A's after the panel.