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Fort Erie in Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Freedom Park

 
 
Freedom Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, August 31, 2012
1. Freedom Park Marker
Inscription.  From around 1830 to 1860, thousands of freedom seekers used the Underground Railroad to reach sanctuary in Canada - the “promised land”. Many crossed the Niagara River from the United State to Fort Erie, including Josiah Henson and his family, who arrived on the 28th of October 1830. The book Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, was patterned after his life.

This park has been created to celebrate their lives and to remind present and future generations of their struggle to be free.

Brian E. Merrett, Chairman
The Niagara Parks Commission
October 28, 2000
 
Erected 2000 by The Niagara Parks Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 42° 54.744′ N, 78° 54.519′ W. Marker is in Fort Erie, Ontario, in Regional Municipality of Niagara. Marker is on Niagara Boulevard 0.1 kilometers south of Bertie Street, on the right when
Freedom Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, August 31, 2012
2. Freedom Park Marker
Marker with the Niagara River and Buffalo, NY, in the background.
traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 134 Niagara Boulevard, Fort Erie, Ontario L2A 3G3, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bertie Street Ferry Landing (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Erie Ferry Landings (within shouting distance of this marker); Nowak Pier (approx. half a kilometer away in the U.S.); Harrowing Journey (approx. half a kilometer away in the U.S.); Black Rock Harbor / From Plantation to Promised Land (approx. half a kilometer away in the U.S.); Broderick Park / Distinctive River Ecosystems (approx. half a kilometer away in the U.S.); International Crossing (approx. 0.6 kilometers away in the U.S.); Industrial Powerhouse (approx. 0.6 kilometers away in the U.S.). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Erie.
 
Also see . . .  Josiah Henson. A biography of Josiah Henson by the Historica-Dominion Institute. (Submitted on September 9, 2012, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.) 
 
Freedom Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, August 31, 2012
3. Freedom Park Marker
View from Niagara Parkway with marker visible low on the ground in the back of the park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 9, 2012, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. This page has been viewed 747 times since then and 36 times this year. Last updated on August 2, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 9, 2012, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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