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Freedom Crossing Monument

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
1. Freedom Crossing Monument Marker
View of the historical marker, affixed to a large boulder.
Inscription.
A tribute to the enslaved who sought a new life of freedom in Canada and to the local volunteers who help them on their journey to cross the Niagara River.

Lewiston, New York

The underground railroad was a secret network of trails and safe homes that enslaved African-Americans from the southern United States used to escape to Canada in the mid-1800s. The British Empire, including Canada, abolished slavery in 1834.

Lewiston was one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad and, despite breaking the law, many local residents volunteered to help the escapees reach freedom in Canada.

This monument depicts the moment in time when fugitive slaves saw Canada for the first time after traveling hundreds of treacherous miles, avoiding slave catchers who were paid to capture and return them to the south.

Handing the baby to the fugitive mother is Josiah Tryon (1798-1886), Lewiston's volunteer "Station Master" for the Underground Railroad. A man of simple means, Tryon was quiet, humble and religious. By secretly escorting escaping slaves to freedom in his rowboat under the cover of darkness, he gave them hope and became a chap ion of justice and equality. He truly had a rainbow heart, embracing people of all colors and creeds.

With her outstretched
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By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
2. Freedom Crossing Monument Marker
Close-up view of the text on the historical marker.
arm pointing to canada, Laura Eastman is the iconic heroine in the historical fiction book, Freedom Crossing, which is read by thousands of elementary students throughout the United States every year. Laura has become a symbol of the triumph of the human spirit over oppression. (Copyright 1980 by Margaret Goff Clark, by permission of Scholastic, Inc.)
 
Erected 2009 by Historical Association of Lewiston, Inc.
 
Location. 43° 10.409′ N, 79° 2.95′ W. Marker is in Lewiston, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is on Center Street west of North Water Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. This historic marker is affixed to a large boulder, in a community park, that is located along the American shoreline of the Niagara River. It is situated along a park walkway that runs down towards the Niagara River, next to the actual "Freedom Crossing Monument.". Marker is in this post office area: Lewiston NY 14092, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Freedom Crossing Monument (a few steps from this marker); The Battle of Queenston Heights (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Queenston Heights
Freedom Crossing Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
3. Freedom Crossing Monument Marker
View looking north of the historical marker, affixed to a large boulder, in a community park, along the Niagara River, next to the "Freedom Crossing Monument."
(within shouting distance of this marker); Barton House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hennepin Park (approx. mile away); The Cibola Anchor (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kiwanians Promoting Peace (approx. 0.4 miles away); Little Yellow House - 1816 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lewiston.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Lewiston, NY : Freedom Crossing. This is a link to information provided by Historical Association of Lewiston Inc. (Submitted on June 28, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Freedom Crossing Monument. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on June 28, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansWaterways & Vessels
 
Freedom Crossing Monument image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
4. Freedom Crossing Monument
View of the "Freedom Crossing Monument."
Freedom Crossing Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
5. Freedom Crossing Monument Marker
Another view, from a different angle, of the "Freedom Crossing Monument."
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 397 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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