Celebrating Black History Month – Negro Creek Road, Ontario
History is a fickle friend. It changes depending on who is doing the telling.
Black History Month
It’s cold, and southern Ontario is digging out of its first major snow storm. Will someone please tell me who decided to have Black History Month in February, in Canada. The Americans celebrate it in this month too, I know, but that is
cold no comfort to Canadians of African and Caribbean descent who will have to shovel the white stuff, and brave crazy driving conditions to attend the multitude of fantastic events happening this month. The British have it in October, but that is another story.
We always want to share the best, so here at Empty Besters, throughout the month we will share snippets of Black history.
Negro Creek Road (Holland Township)
The area around Negro Creek Road, as the name of the road implies, was first settled by negro pioneers and their descendants who farmed the fertile lands in and around Holland Township probably after the war of 1812 until European settlers moved into the area. (Ontario Black History Society)
I visited this road last summer. You really have to be looking for this piece of history to find it. Negro Creek Road is best described as a place of quiet isolation. A road that provided shelter and security to a much maligned community. You had to be really up the creek to live here. The refugees from slave catchers and bounty hunters came this far to live in peace. There were other Black settlements in Grey County and Durham county. The community members would find refuge in each other. The men could find work on the docks in Owen sound to supplement their farming. It begs the question, why did the community disappear?
To find out more about this fascinating history link to the following: