Voices of Freedom - Understand, Celebrate, and Honour our Black History

The Town of Niagara On The Lake has set aside a significant site in the heart of the Old Town to understand, celebrate, and honour it's Black History. Mike Balsom recently attended a fundraising event at Stratus Vineyards to learn more about "Voices of Freedom", an experimental art installation designed to engage, educate and challenge. Learn how you can help ensuring these significant nation shaping stories are heard!


Voices of Freedom gives expression to the silenced and forgotten stories of people of African descent, enslaved, freed, and free, whose sacrifices, labour, skills, and talents contributed to the development of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Voices of Freedom permanently inscribes these Black men and women on the historical and cultural landscape of the town.

Voices of Freedom honours their struggles, resilience, and contributions to our town, the province, and to our country. Key pieces of the cultural heritage of Niagara-on-the-Lake and our national history will be preserved. Voices of Freedom enhances the cultural and redemptive value of Niagara-on-the-Lake as a significant historic site and supports educational aims of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent. 

This important public space will provide opportunities for engaging visitors with ideas and historical information on both emotional and intellectual levels. A strong experience of place will foster a broader dialogue on important social issues, in essence supporting a metaphorical passage forward that builds on historical events.