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)

Negro Creek Road, Ontario

 

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?

Negro Creek Road, Ontario

To find out more about this fascinating history link to the following:

Ontario Black History Society

Grey Roots Museum and Archives

Black History Month

Trailer for the Book of Negroes

 

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