Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
This historic Black settlement burial ground dates to the mid-1800s. It
served the local community until the 1880s. By the 1930s the site had
reverted to a farmers’ field and the gravestones were either ploughed
under or removed. Four headstones were found in a rock pile north of the
site in 1990 before it was dedicated once again as a cemetery by then
Lt. Gov. Lincoln Alexander. In 2015, a memorial pavilion was built on
the site to house the stones and commemorate early Black pioneer
families. Maintained by a volunteer committee, the site serves to honour
early settlers and commemorate their contributions to the opening up of
the Queen’s Bush. Come out and learn more about this local historic
*** Presenters will be Naomi Norquay from York University and Nancy Matthews from the Grey Highlands Heritage Centre.
Please bring a lawn chair.
Location: Turn West onto County Road 4 at the lights in Flesherton
(turn right if coming from the north); turn left onto Grey Road 14 and
turn left onto Durham Road B. Destination will be on the left.
photos by Janet Iles