Youth Visit Underground Railway

Youth Visit Underground Railway

December 05, 2007

The Buxton Settlement was Ontario's first Black neighbourhood. Toronto Community Housing staff joined the youth on the journey back in time. They explored the history and cruel conditions that their ancestors experienced at the Buxton Museum. They also visited a restored schoolhouse and church at Buxton, each a major landmark in the 9000-acre community.


A group of youth at the Buxon Settlement.


Their final stop was at the Dawn Settlement, home of the legendary Josiah Henson. Henson was the inspiration of Uncle Tom's Cabin, a book that helped spark the Civil War and the end of slavery. The experience gave everyone a lot to think about and an appreciation for the bravery and hardship that the Black community experienced back then.

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