Black Heritage Network Meeting
July 10, 2000
Meeting Participants: Marion Skeete, Alvin Duncan, Sheila Creighton, Brent Dysart, Donna Ford, Jackie Williams, Wilma Morrison, Lyn Roberts, Peter Meyler, Victoria Gaitskell, Jennifer Dunkerson, April Petrie
Resource People: Eva Salter, Lorraine Hogan, Arlene White, Karen Daniels, Paul Samson
- Waterloo County & Area Quilt Festival is an umbrella group representing churches and organizations in the Waterloo-Wellington area.
- Quilt Show and Festival held the last 2 weeks of May that attracted over 20,000 visitors. The group brought to Canada 2 quilters and 40 quilts from South Africa. The exhibit is travelling to Dartmouth N.S., Ottawa and Toronto for the Royal Winter Fair in November.
- The group is interested in partnering with Black Heritage sites in southwest and central Ontario to examine the possibility of having an “underground railroad” theme next year. They would like to include other aspects of Black Heritage and the Harriet Tubman story such as having authors do readings, movies etc…. They are also working with the 2 school boards to develop an education du package for students.
- In 2002, the group will be taking a quilt exhibition to South Africa. Otterville is another Black Heritage site and we should look for a contact person.
While the church is no longer there, the cemetery remains.
Note: I have contacted Gail Lewis, Chair & Tour Director of the South Norwich Historical Society which operates the Historic Otterville Station Museum. I have invited Gail to attend our August 15 meeting if she can. Gail has promised to send information about the Museum, its programs and information related to black heritage. Eva
June 5th Meeting Minutes Approved with the Following Changes
It is the Niagara Parks Commission that is looking to plaque the property near the crossing not the Mayor of
Fort Erie. Wilma Morrison is providing input into the wording.
SWOT of the Durham Road Old Pioneer Cemetery Committee
The Town listed under “strengths” should be Lucas not Lupin.
SWOT of Griffin House
The house was built in 1827 not 1884 and was owned by the Griffin family from 1883-1984.
- Some of the sites represented are churches and therefore they must get permission from the governing body to be able to commit to the network and contribute funds.
- Long term goal of the Network is to have Black History incorporated into the history of Canada. The group does not want to limit itself to just the story of the underground
- College and University students could be a resource to the Network to assist with projects. May want to consider compiling a list of college and university programs that have student community placements/projects i.e. Tourism post-graduate program at Niagara College.
- Need to begin to compile a list of potential funding sources available to support the Network.
Draft Letter of Intent Changes
(See full, revised text attached)
Core Members – Defined as having permanent and active programming
Nathaniel Dett Chapel
Norval Johnson Heritage Library
Salem Chapel – St. Catharines BME Church
St. Catharines Museum
Bertie HallCote member
Museum Category Defined as museum having a black history component or marker sites with active committees
Old Durham Road Pioneer Cemetery
Welland Historical Museum
Sheffield Museum – Collingwood
Wellington County Museum
Guelph Civic Museum
Simcoe County Museum Fieldcote Museum
Brant County Museum Historic Otterville Station Museum & Cemetery
Marker Members – Defined as having no physical structure and may or may not provide interpretation. There is no active committee.
- Cemetery – Ridgeway
Niagara Parks Commission
Tourism bureaux – marketing
U.S. sites i.e. Detroit museum
Black cultural museum – Halifax
Suggested Names for the Network
Niagara’s Freedom Trail (3-4 distinct geographic areas)
i.e. Central Region Freedom Trail
South Central Freedom Trail
Niagara Escarpment Freedom Trail
South Central Ontario Black Heritage Network
ACTION – Core members to bring suggestions to next meeting