Niagara Falls has a rich history as one of Canada’s first Black Communities .It was along the Niagara border from Fort Erie to Niagara on the lake that many blacks escaped slavery by crossing the Niagara River from the United States. One of those slaves who escaped was Burr Plato who went on to form the British Methodist Episcopal Church of Canada on Peer Street in Niagara Falls. This church is now a National Historic Site. Mr. Plato was successfully elected in the late 1800’s to the city council where he served for many years.

Between 1800 and 1865 approximately 20,000 black people escaped to Niagara, Canada via what was called, the Underground Railway.

To learn more about Black History there will be a presentation starting at 7:30 on Saturday, Jan.6th at the Niagara Falls Public Library, 4848 Victoria Avenue. The Lundy’s Lane Historical Society is sponsoring this presentation by historian Bryan Price and his wife Shannon, who is the curator of the Buxton Historical Site and Museum.

I’ve marked it in my calendar to attend.

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