Black History Cairn

Harrison Park

Through the symbolism of quilt patterns and the surrounding interpretive plaques, the Cairn explains the route of those forced into slavery and their escape to freedom in Canada via the Underground Railroad, a "network of assistance". It is estimated that, between 1830 and 1865, approximately 100,000 slaves escaped north with this assistance. Designed by a descendant of a former slave who found refuge in Owen Sound, the Cairn contains stones from Africa, slave and free states, and Canadian border points to mark the journey north.

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