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The Slavery to Freedom project

The Ontario Heritage Trust has undertaken a number of initiatives to celebrate Black heritage, with funding support from the Government of Ontario. The Slavery to Freedom web resource is one such initiative.The goal of this web resource is to promote Ontario's Black heritage sites and groups, and to provide online information and resources, with a central focus on the province's rich Black history.

Today, a number of buildings, cemeteries, churches and historic sites exist as a testament to the bravery, determination and spirit of freedom seekers, abolitionists and others who followed in their footsteps to build a strong and vibrant Black community in Ontario. Slavery to Freedom highlights Black history sites and community partners from across the province, providing a forum for them to share their stories and educate visitors about the African-Canadian experience.

We encourage you to take the time to explore Slavery to Freedom and discover the significant people, places and events that have helped shape the diverse fabric of Ontario's cultural heritage.


The Ontario Heritage Trust would like to thank the following partners for their valuable contributions to this web resource:

  • Amherstburg Freedom Museum – Amherstburg, Ontario
  • Buxton National Historic Site & Museum – North Buxton, Ontario
  • Central Ontario Network for Black History – St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society – Chatham, Ontario
  • First Baptist Church Chatham – Chatham, Ontario
  • Grey Roots Museum & Archives – Owen Sound, Ontario
  • Griffin House National Historic Site – Ancaster, Ontario
  • John Freeman Walls Underground Railroad Museum – Essex, Ontario
  • Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History – Dresden, Ontario
  • Lundy's Lane Historical Museum – Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • Nathaniel Dett Memorial Chapel British Methodist Episcopal Church – Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate – Oakville, Ontario
  • Ontario Black History Society – Toronto, Ontario
  • St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3 – St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Salem Chapel British Methodist Episcopal Church – St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Sandwich First Baptist Church – Windsor, Ontario
  • Stewart Memorial Church – Hamilton, Ontario


Slavery to Freedom is a project of the Ontario Heritage Trust, with funding support from the Government of Ontario.