Black History Speaker Series

January 11, 2023

Niagara Parks

  • Three-part speaker series features leading historians and commentators specializing in Black history and culture
  • Sessions to be held in January, February and March, with full details and tickets available at niagaraparks.com/black-history

Queesnton, ON – Niagara Parks will host a three-part speaker series exploring perspectives on Black history and culture in Canada, delivered by prominent historians, community leaders and commentators. These thought-provoking in-person events will be held on the last Sunday of the month in January, February and March, inside the Queenston Chapel, a former Methodist meeting house at the Laura Secord Homestead in Queenston, Ontario.

The speaker series features an incredible line-up of speakers, kicking off on January 29 with Lezlie Harper, an accomplished Black history educational group tours professional based in Niagara, followed by the decorated award-winning multi-media activist, Saladin Allah on February 26. Closing off the series on March 26 will be the creator of the current National Network to Freedom Initiative, Kevin Cottrell.

  • January 29: Lezlie Harper, Celebrating Black History in Niagara
  • February 26: Saladin Allah, Present-Day Freedom Seekers and The Power of our Stories
  • March 26: Kevin Cottrell, Interpreting The Underground Railroad in the age of Heritage Tourism and the built environment in the Niagara Region

Additional event details and tickets are available at niagaraparks.com/black-history. Tickets are $15 per event, with access to all three events available for $35. All sessions will begin at 2 p.m. inside the Queenston Chapel Methodist Meeting House at the Laura Secord Homestead, 29 Queenston Street, Queenston, Ontario.

Discover Black History along the Niagara River

Niagara is home to many defining events in Black history, notably as a key site during the Underground Railroad and original crossing point of American abolitionist Harriet Tubman. As the cultural stewards of the Niagara River corridor, Niagara Parks is proud to partner with leaders in the Black community to share this important history, while exploring contemporary issues and celebrating Black history change makers in Niagara.

Further, Niagara Parks invites guests to explore its extensive collection of displays and monuments honouring Black Canadian history, along the 56-km Niagara River corridor. Learn more about this self-guided experience and the over 20 informational plaques and displays at niagaraparks.com/things-to-do/black-history-niagara-river.

Black History is also one of the key themes that is part of the “Explore the Niagara” initiative. Niagara Parks has collaborated with the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Town of Fort Erie, City of Niagara Falls and Parks Canada to support themes, stories, events and visitor experiences along the Niagara River corridor. More information is available at exploretheniagara.com.

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Niagara Parks

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The Niagara Parks Commission is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.