When I get to Harrison Park I always like to pay my respects at the Black History Cairn, and I figured I didn't need more new pictures because I did have many in my files from past visits. Sadly, though I have hunted for several days, I've been unable to find those old pictures. Luckily I did find one earlier post from which I could copy these photos.
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Black History Cairn
The memorial combines the image of a church with the two stone walls and the window frames, along with the patio squares including several quilt tiles. Quilts were a main symbol for the underground railroad.
Each of these quilt symbols had a meaning, and quilts hung outdoors were used as messages signalling safe houses or the route for escaping slaves.
The windows themselves echoed the windows found in the first small black church in Owen Sound, widely considered the end of the underground railroad in Ontario.
Rocks used in the stone walls came from a number of U.S. states.
And there are a number of interpretive plaques that explain all this. The Black community gathers for an Emancipation Picnic here on Aug. 1st, the date slavery was abolished in the British Empire. This year was the 160th anniversary!