"In Praise of Older Buildings"
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Small house....big story
This beautifully restored simple frame house sits on a quiet green back-street in Niagara-on-the-Lake. It's humble, but it represents a huge achievement on the part of its owners.
The Ontario Heritage Trust plaque commemorates William and Susanna Steward (or Stewart) who lived in NOL from 1832-47, in a close-knit community of former Canadian slaves, black Loyalists and African American refugees. The plaque tells the story of Niagara's early black community, who resorted to activism to prevent a black fugitive (fleeing a reality familiar to many in the community) being extradited to Kentucky.