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Online Event, Niagara Parks

Black History Speaker Series

Discover three different perspectives on Black history and culture in Canada with this three-part online speaker series. This inspiring series will explore the power of the Black community in Niagara. From those who made headlines by escaping the bondage of slavery to settle in Niagara, to those who influenced the political and business scene on both sides of the Niagara River and throughout Ontario.
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Black History Speaker Series

Discover three different perspectives on Black history and culture in Canada with this three-part online speaker series. This inspiring series will explore the power of the Black community in Niagara. From those who made headlines by escaping the bondage of slavery to settle in Niagara, to those who influenced the political and business scene on both sides of the Niagara River and throughout Ontario.

This year’s Black History Speaker Series is delivered as a live-streamed, digital event. Tickets grant access using any computer, tablet or mobile device for these live, interactive sessions with leading community historians and commentators specializing in Black history and culture.

Tickets are $15 per event, or gain access to the entire series for $35. All sessions begin at 7:00 PM.

The Speakers

Irene Moore Davis

Exploring Black History in Essex County
January 26, 2022

Dr. Dann Broyld

Black and in the Niagara Borderlands Before the Civil War
February 23, 2022

Natasha Henry

"Sale of Said Negro Woman": Chloe Cooley and the Enslaved Black People in Niagara
March 30, 2022

A photo of a river in Essex County

Irene Moore Davis Exploring Black History in Essex County

Dr. Dann Broyld Black and in the Niagara Borderlands Before the Civil War

February 23, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

This session will explore the struggle of transient Blacks to negotiate space for recourse and self-assertion within the crossroads of two contrasting political realms. Join Dr. Dan Broyld as he highlights the idea that Black inhabitants of Rochester, New York and St. Catharines, Canada West possessed transnational identities and strategically positioned themselves near the American-Canadian partition where immigration, movement and interaction occurred.

About the speaker: Dann J. Broyld is an associate professor of African American History at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He earned his PhD in nineteenth-century United States and African Diaspora History at Howard University. His work focuses on the American-Canadian borderlands and issues of Black identity, migration and transnational relations.

The Niagara River beside a hill at Niagara Glen
A photo of the White Water Walk river

Natasha Henry 'Sale of Said Negro Woman': Chloe Cooley and the Enslaved Black People in Niagara

March 30, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

On March 14, 1793, Chloe Cooley, an enslaved Black woman in Niagara was bound and taken across the Niagara River by her enslaver to be sold in New York. Cooley was one of many Black women, men and children held as chattel in the Niagara region. This intriguing session alongside Natasha Henry will explore their lives and experiences and the role of slavery in Upper Canada.

About the speaker: Natasha Henry is a historian and educator. She is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at York University. The 2018 Vanier Scholar is researching the enslavement of African people in early Ontario. Natasha is the president of the Ontario Black History Society. Her publications include Emancipation Day: Celebrating Freedom in Canada (June 2010), Talking about Freedom: Celebrating Freedom in Canada (2012), a number of youth-focused titles and several entries for the Canadian Encyclopedia on African Canadian History. Through her various professional, academic and community roles, Natasha’s work is grounded in her commitment to research, collect, preserve and disseminate the histories of Black Canadians.

Discover Black History along the Niagara River

A ground view of the White Water Walk