Her family has been in Saskatchewan for more than a century. Facing discrimination in the Batteford States, the family decided to venture north in search of a better life. Courtesy of Leander Lane.
Following the American Civil War inthousands of former slaves migrated to territory in Oklahoma where they could vote, study and live in relative freedom. Inthose who stayed in Eldon built the Shiloh Baptist Woman slave North Battleford, a one-room building constructed of dovetailed, hand-hewn square poplar logs hauled by ox cart from the North Saskatchewan riverbank.
George Harvey Mayes was the last Shiloh person in the area. She was the last person Wlman there before the cemetery was closed forever.
Conditions were tough, and many of those who had travelled to Saskatchewan with the Mayes family eventually moved away. Mattie and Joseph Mayes stuck it out. A memorial plaque was dedicated in in the area, reading: They did that so we can do anything too.
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