Whyte said without warning, police violently grabbed him off the bus, threw him to the ground, handcuffed him, dragged him to a police cruiser, and threw him once more to the ground where Whyte said one officer put a knee on his chest to keep him down.
Several Loyalist families leaving the United States brought slaves with them when they settled near Saint-Armand, Que., around 1784, according to the Black Coalition of Quebec.
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The site near the Vermont border is a rocky outcropping known as "Nigger Rock," and Philip says he is in favour of keeping the controversial name, despite the Quebec government deciding in 2015 to strip the word from all place names in the province.
"Changing the name won't change its history,'' he said.