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<p>Wilberforce was an African American community in Canada founded by people from southern Ohio. </p>
<p>In the early years of Ohio statehood, many Ohioans did not welcome African Americans to the state. Although Ohio did not allow slavery as part of its Constitution, many whites were afraid of economic competition from African Americans. As a result, the state legislature passed a series of &quot;Black Laws&quot; that limited African American immigration into Ohio and placed significant restrictions on those African Americans who lived in the state. </p>