Ancestral Roofs

"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.

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