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Sunday, May 19, 2024
Letter: Black burial ground deserves to be commemorated
Letter to the editor. File

Dear editor:

Given the historical significance and the recent renaming of the former Negro Burial Ground to the Niagara Baptist Church Burial Ground, plus the attention being given to the number of grave locations, I propose taking an important next step.

We should formalize the boundary and location of the cemetery by erecting a wrought iron (or similar) boundary fence complete with an arched entrance, complemented with the burial ground name and street address prominently displayed over the arch.

Rather than tourists and locals stumbling by accident on its location, by raising the profile of this location, the historical society and tourism board will further be promoting the history of the Underground Railroad and the attendant contribution of the Black community to NOTL.

Samuel Young


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