I have no pictures of my own though, so I've had to borrow these from the internet; apologies if they're a little blurry, but the story is worth remembering.
Black settlers were the first non-aboriginal people to move into this area, starting in 1849. By the 1861 census there was a flourishing community of 100 settlers and their families. But the community dispersed in later years as settlement grew, many moving to Owen Sound, where the memorial I featured yesterday is found.
The cemetery was lost, grown over, and ultimately ploughed over to grow potatoes! Starting in 1989 a local volunteer committee began work to restore the cemetery This is the memorial I remember seeing first, 21 years ago, when I started my regular trips to the valley, coming up on weekends to build the cabin.. It was showing signs of age then, and consisted of only four broken tombstones under a plexiglass cover.
Later the volunteers added these crosses to remember the individual settlers buried here.
More recently the volunteers ran a campaign to build a better shelter for the remaining 4 gravestones. This was dedicated in 2015. It's a highlight of exhibits for the small local museum in Flesherton.