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Freedom Trail

Freedman's House Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Southern Ontario, Canada was part of the famed Underground Railroad system used in the 1800s by runaway slaves from America seeking freedom. From Ft. Erie along the Niagara River to Niagara Falls, over to Queenston, and continuing on to Niagara-on-the-Lake, you will find many historical markers, including a cemetery and the restored Freedman's home, denoting the influence that ex-slaves brought to the area.

If you venture even further to the city of St. Catharine’s, you will find a wonderful display entitled the Northstar, which chronicles the lives of many former slaves and their descendants in the city's museum. Also in St. Catharine's is a functioning church (BME Church) that Harriet Tubman, who was known as the conductor of the Underground Railroad, attended when she lived in the city before she went back to America during the Civil War. The church is located at 92 Geneva St. For more information, check out the Freedom Trail's website at www.freedomtrail.ca.

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