Black History Month
Learn how Niagara Falls has played an active role in African-American history. Between 1840 and 1860, enslaved people from the United States followed the “Underground Railroad” to find freedom in Canada. Approximately, 30,000 enslaved people between 1800 and 1865 escaped into Canada from the US using this secret network of routes and safe houses from Fort Erie to Niagara on the Lake. Among those who escaped was Burr Plato who went on to establish the British Methodist Church built in 1836 and now a National Historic Site. This well-respected gentleman went on to become the first elected black man in local government from 1886 to 1905. Harriet Tubman was a heroine who played a huge role in the Underground Railroad. Harriet Tubman escaped to Canada where she went on to help many enslaved people escape across the border into Niagara Falls, Canada. Between 1852 and 1857, Tubman made 11 trips despite a $40,000 reward for her capture — dead or alive. No one rivaled Tubman in the number of trips and the number of people liberated into the Underground Railroad. To learn more about Black History in Niagara Falls visit the Niagara Falls History Museum.
Black History Speaker Series (Live-Streamed) Presented by Niagara Parks
Discover three different perspectives on Black history and culture in Canada with this three-part online speaker series.
This year’s Black History Speaker Series is delivered as a live-streamed, digital event. Tickets grant access using any computer, tablet or mobile device for these live, interactive sessions with leading community historians and commentators specializing in Black history and culture.
Tickets are $15 per event, or gain access to the entire series for $35. All sessions begin at 7:00 PM.
- January 27, 2021, 7:00 pm, Blacks in the Military (Rosemary Sadlier)
- February 24, 2021, 7:00 pm, The Power of Cultural Competence (Saladin Allah)
- March 31, 2021, 7:00 pm, Self-Liberated and Famous: Fugitive Freedom Seekers Escape to Niagara (Rochelle Bush)
Niagara Falls History Museum presents Walking the Talk
Join us for a digital screening of the film Walking the Talk, produced and directed by Ayo Adewumi.
The murder of George Floyd by the police in the USA sparked another round of anti-racism protests all around the world. "Walking the Talk" is an account of how people in some Canadian cities rose in solidarity with Black Americans in June 2020, to condemned years of ongoing systemic racism and social injustice in Canada.
To participate, click on the link provided, and input the password. The password will work for exactly 24hrs starting from February 18, 2021 at 7-9:00 pm (Digital screening)
New for Winter 2021 - Safari Niagara Winter Walks (Visit)
(Subject to COVID health and safety restrictions. Please be sure to visit their website for final details.)
Enjoy Safari Niagara in a whole new way. Winter Walks are free of charge for Members and include static animal displays. Walk through the park to visit many of the animals who enjoy the cooler temperatures of the off-season. Additional information about static displays, activities, and to confirm opening and hours of operation visit safariniagara.com/winterwalks
My Story, My Tattoo
Presented by Niagara Falls History Museum
May 15 – August 22, 2021
Tattoos are living images that reveal important stories about our residents, our community and the tattoo phenomenon. My Story, My Tattoo features 32 photographs and stories of people and their amazing tattoos.
Participants range from a cancer survivor to teachers and their students, a firefighter and a farmer. All the individuals, their stories and personalities are represented through this series of thought-provoking and colourful images. Chris Piccinetti, a Guelph photographer and graphic designer for the County of Wellington, photographed these inspiring images.