Athabasca Dollar - Athabasca, Alberta
|Country||* Tokens * (Canada - Local Dollar Tokens)|
|Value||1 Dollar (1)|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
Standard catalogue of Canadian municipal trade tokens
by Serge Pelletier
(St. Eligius Press)
75th Anniversary of the Amber Valley Black Pioneers
H.B.C.'s "Athabascan" docked in river with landing board
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
1910 TOLES SCHOOL 1913 1985
VALUE $1.00 IN ATHABASCA - EXPIRES OCT. 15, 1985
In the early 1900s, hundreds of pioneers of mixed Seminole/African ancestry fled to Alberta from Oklahoma, seeking to escape violence and discrimination. Although they were not met with open arms and most were discouraged from entering Alberta, multiple black settlements were established in the province, the largest being at Amber Valley near Athabasca. Settling the region and clearing the land was very difficult, but the black pioneers were rewarded with a slightly more tolerant atmosphere - they never faced any legal restrictions and no race riots or other similar racial violence ever occurred in Alberta, which is more than could be said about any of the American states (even Montana, with a black population smaller than Alberta's, passed laws preventing blacks from voting). However, the Amber Valley settlement was mostly abandoned during the economic struggles of the Great Depression.
In later, more prosperous years, the descendants of the Amber Valley pioneers became interested in their heritage and began to organize reunions and other events near the original township. This token is related to these efforts.
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|1985||75||Struck in .999 silver|
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