The Underground Railroad - Southern Ontario

From 1840 to 1860, before the American Civil War, the Underground Railroad served as a guiding light into Canada for many fugitive and freed slaves. On the run from bounty hunters and marauders, thousands followed the "North Star" to crossings along the Detroit River into Ontario. En route, they were harboured in a secretive netword of safe houses, churches, caves, and barns - and helped by abolitionists sympathetic to their plight. 

Over the twenty-year period, between thirty and forty thousand people escaped into Ontario to settle. They farmed, built townships, schools,  and churches. Today, much of that has disappeared, but this Underground Railroad tour takes you to the sites that still remain. From the North American Black Historical Museum in Amherstburg to the Puce River Black Community Cemetery to Uncle Tom's Cabin in Dresden - this tour takes you past landmarks, memorials, offering glimpses into an older, oft-forgotten world. 

Such an important part of Canadian history should not be forgotten, and these historical sites of the Underground Railroad serve to remind us of how important equality is to the greater global community. Check below for excellent reading for the tour, including Judith Plaxton's wonderful Young Adult novel, Morning Star

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