Mary Mink: The Making of a Myth, will explore the sometimes blurred line between historical fact and historical fiction. James Mink was a successful Black businessman in Toronto in the 1840s and 1850s. He owned a farm in Riverdale, at the corner of what is now Danforth and Carlaw. His story is one of the best known tales of Black Torontonians in the 19th century, told and retold many times in newspapers and books. In the 1990s, it was made into a TV movie. In the screen version of events, Mink arranges for a white man to marry his daughter Mary and then stages a daring rescue when her husband whisks her off to the American South and sells her into slavery.
The movie is said to be “based on historical records”, but as speaker
Guylaine Pétrin found out through her research, records can lie.
Meet and listen to Guylaine Pétrin on:
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6pm
St. Matthew’s Clubhouse, Riverdale Park East at Langley and Broadview
Admission: Free to members or $5.00 at door
Membership: is $20.00 per year and is available for purchase at each meeting.