By: Anthony N. Morgan
“Canadian Judge Frees North Carolina Negro”
The above is the title of a New York Times article published on March 4, 1922. The “North Carolina Negro” being referred to is Matthew Bullock. This is his story:
In 1911, Canadian Prime Minister and McGill Law alumnus, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, passed into law the following provision:
"His excellency in Council, in virtue of the provisions of Sub-section c of Section 38 of the Immigration Act, is pleased to Order and it is hereby Ordered as follows: For a period of one year from and after the date hereof the landing in Canada shall be and the same is prohibited of any immigrants belonging to the Negro race, which race is deemed unsuitable to the climate and requirements of Canada."