Black History Symposium
Saturday, February 29 • 1pm – 4pm • $8.85 Admission
Queenston Chapel at Laura Secord Homestead
Our Black History Symposium at the historic Queenston Chapel will bring together leading community historians and commentators specializing in black history and culture. Discover three different Afro-Canadian perspectives and learn how the Niagara region played host to some of Canada’s most poignant stories of courage and freedom.
The afternoon begins with a welcome message by Dr. Gervan Fearon, President and Vice-Chancellor of Brock University.
Harriet Tubman: Last Stop, St. Catharines
Explore the fascinating story of Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad. Find out where she lived, what she did and how she guided slaves to freedom in the small Canadian town of St. Catharines.
About Rochelle Bush
Historian Rochelle Bush was born and raised in St. Catharines. She is the trustee of the Salem Chapel, BME Church, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad NHS, and the proprietor and primary guide of Tubman Tours Canada. A freedom seeker descendant, Rochelle’s maternal 2xs great-grandfather was the minister-in-charge of the Salem Chapel during the time Harriet Tubman was a member.
One More River to Cross
Hear rich stories about the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls, New York and learn about the crucial role of its location and geography, as well as the actions of the area’s residents–particularly its African American residents.
About Saladin Allah
Saladin Allah is a human rights commission in Niagara Falls, New York, founder of the Atlantis School for Gifted Youngsters and visitor experience specialist at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center. An educator and author, his commentary has been featured in various international publications as well as the six-part docuseries “Enslaved,” executive produced by Samuel L. Jackson. Saladin is the third-great grandson of famed Underground Railroad freedom seeker Josiah Henson.
From Nigeria to Canada: The Afro-Canadian experience
Discover history, politics, society and culture from an African-Canadian perspective. Get a firsthand account of what its like to integrate into Canadian society from a Nigerian migrant and award-winning filmmaker.
About Ayo Adewumi
Ayo Adewumi was born in Nigeria and immigrated to Canada in 2004. An award-winning filmmaker, he holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Ibadan and a postgraduate diploma in theatre arts. Ayo worked extensively in the theatre, television and film in Nigeria as an actor and director before relocating to Canada where he continued his acting and directing career.