Black History Month at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
We do black history every month
Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center puts black history at the center of their programming all year round. During Black History Month and throughout the year, they celebrate everyday heroes of the Underground Railroad and today.
Freedom Conversation Tours, Every Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30am & 2pm, Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
Freedom Conversation Tours are the Heritage Center’s signature program. Rooted in stories of the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls, these tours spark conversation and offer a space to consider the relationship between race, human rights, and freedom. The tours are a way to foster empathy, increase knowledge, and encourage action.
Second Saturday Story Time, Saturday February 9, 10:30am, Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center Atrium
February’s story time will feature stories of everyday activism.
Seeker Speaker Series featuring Anthony Cohen, Saturday February 16, 3pm, Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center Atrium
Patrick Sneed was a waiter at the Cataract Hotel who escaped slavery himself. After an encounter with bounty hunters, he was fraudulently charged with murder. His descendent Anthony Cohen will tell Sneed’s story, followed by a book signing of The Refugee: Narratives of Fugitive Slaves in Canada.
Freedom Readers Book Club: Steal Away Home, Tuesday February 19, 6:30-8pm, Doris Jones Community Center
“Frost’s calmness puts the reader at ease in the passenger seat. . . . Steal Away Home completely embodies the definition of one’s life being bittersweet.” - The Chronicle Herald
Presented in partnership with the Doris Jones Resource Center, this club reads books about the legacy of slavery and fights for freedom. February's book is Steal Away Home by award winning author and historian Karolyn Smardz Frost. A compelling work of narrative nonfiction, this book captures Cecelia Reynolds’ epic story of courage.
Black History Celebration, Friday, February 22, 5–9pm, $5, Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center Atrium
Join in celebration of Black History Month with a new art installation by Iris Kirkwood, music, bites, and beverages.
Seeker Speaker Series featuring Karolyn Smardz Frost, Saturday February 23, 3pm, Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center Atrium
Cecelia Reynolds came to the Cataract Hotel with her enslavers. One night, she slipped across the Canadian border to freedom. Karolyn Smardz Frost is an award winning author and historian who tells Cecelia’s story in the book Steal Away Home. A book signing follows her one-hour talk.
Black Expo 2019: An Entrepreneurial Extravaganza, Sunday February 24, 1–5pm, Free*, Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center Atrium
The Community Health Center of Niagara and Niagara Falls Office of Economic Development / NF MWBE Program, in partnership with the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, will host the second annual expo for Black-owned businesses of all kinds. From restaurant and caterers, to clothing, jewelry and handbag makers, to fitness, health and beauty providers, to insurance agents, tax preparation and more, the Black Expo supports and celebrates local business, black history, and the Niagara Falls Community.
*Black Expo admission is free, standard admission applies at the museum.
Black History Month at the Underground Railroad Heritage Center is generously supported by M&T Bank.
About the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center is a new, experiential museum that reveals authentic stories of Underground Railroad freedom seekers and abolitionists in Niagara Falls, and aims to inspire visitors to recognize modern injustices that stem from slavery and take action toward an equitable society. Open since May 2018, the permanent exhibition, One More River to Cross, features the rich stories of the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls, the crucial role played by its location and geography, and the actions of its residents – particularly its African American residents. The Heritage Center’s immersive exhibits and cutting-edge interpretation affirmatively align with the principles of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, whose mission is to connect the past to modern social justice issues – “to turn memory to action.”
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