AfriGeneas Canada Research Forum
Re: Abolition / URR sites S. Ont.?
In Response To: Abolition / URR sites S. Ont.? ()
Good luck in your travels. I hope you will really enjoy the journey. In my humble opinion, the WISH centre in Chatham is well worth the trip. The black museum in Amherstburg, however, don't beat yourself up if you aren't able to get there. They're very nice people, but the collection isn't very good and the manner in which they have preserved some of the articles is, in a word, a crime. Just a few blocks away, however, is Fort Malden, also in Amherstburgh, where several black Loyalists lived during the Revolutionary War (including one of my ancestors, William Lee). Fort Malden is a wonderful site, right on the Detroit River, offering a glimpse back into time as you walk the path from the main office to the museum.
There are also several UGRR monuments in Detroit that you might find interesting, including several churches who housed many escaped slaves, as well as other nearby churches. There's a whole UGRR tour in Detroit (see the URL below) if you're interested. I'm originally from the Detroit area but left about 20 years ago. I never appreciated Detroit's importance in the UGRR until I moved to California (typical).
Travel well, my friend.
- Lisa B. Lee