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Monday, February 6, 2023
Letter: Land owner should allow scan for Black graves
Letter to the editor. File

Dear editor:

I noted with interest Brian Marshall’s lengthy opinion column (“There is no historical evidence that Breakenridge owned slaves,”) in the Dec. 8 issue of The Lake Report listing the reasons he disbelieved the decades-old, widely held belief that there are Black Canadians buried on the property of 240 Centre St.

My question to Mr. Marshall, and his Texas employer is, why have they repeatedly refused my request to allow a ground penetrating radar scan of the property given the scan is non-invasive, requires three hours at the most and I have volunteered to pay the $3,000 cost of it.

Best practices dictates that a land purchaser make every effort to confirm that people are not buried on their Niagara-on-the-Lake property. My enslaved, Black ancestors deserve nothing less.

James Russell
Toronto

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