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Negro Burial Ground, Lincoln County , ON

Street Address: Highway 59
Community: Niagara-on-the-Lake
Township: Niagara Township (Lot 315 Plan 86)
Locality: Lincoln County
Municipality: Niagara-on-the-Lake
Province: ON
GPS: 43.252282,-79.084308

Registered to Town of Niagara-On-the-Lake.

Historical Plaque # 1: The Upper Canadian Act Against Slavery (1793)
Inspired by the Abolitional sentiment emerging in the late 18th Century, Lieutenant-Governor J.G. Simcoe made Upper Canada the first British territory to legislate against slavery, which had defined the conditions of the life for most people of African ancestry in Canada since the early 17th Century. The act of 1793 did not free a single slave, but prevented their importation and freed the future children of slaves at age twenty-five. Faced with growing opposition in the colonies, slavery declined. The Imperial Act of 1833 finally abolished slavery in the British territories in 1834.

Historical Plaque # 2: Negro Burial Ground 1830
Here stood a Baptist church erected in 1830 through the exertions of a former British soldier, John Oakley, who was white, became pastor of a predominantly Negro congregation. In 1793, Upper Canada had passed an act forbidding further introduction of slaves and freeing the children of those in the colony at twenty-five. This was the first legislation of its kind in the British Empire. A long tradition of tolerance attracted refugee slaves to Niagara, many of whom lie buried here.

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    Photos courtesy of Wayne Rougoor [2007], Anonymous [2015]
    Indexed by Christa Sloan


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