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Negro Burial Ground 1830

Negro Burial Ground 1830

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

Negro Burial Ground 1830

Photo from Google Street View ©2014 Google - Posted January, 2014

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
At the burial ground on the east side of Mississauga Street
just north of John Street West


Coordinates: N 43 15.134 W 79 05.057

Map

Plaque Text

Here stood a Baptist church erected in 1830 through the exertions of a former British soldier. John Oakley, who although white, became pastor of a predominantly negro congregation. In 1793 Upper Canada had passed an act forbidding further introduction of slaves and freeing the children of those in the colony at twenty-five. This was the first legislation of its kind in the British Empire. A long tradition of tolerance attracted refugee slaves to Niagara, many of whom lie buried here.


Another plaque at this location
The Upper Canadian Act Against Slavery (1793)

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Black History

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Plaques




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