News of Chatham-Kent’s Underground Railroad Connections Travelling at High Speed!
Over the last year, Chatham-Kent’s deep-rooted black history has been the focal point of online blogs, has headlined news stories and has even been featured on one of CBC’s hit television shows.
Most recently, blogger Heather Stuart with calculated traveler - an online magazine offering friendly advice, informative reviews, and inspiration on all things travel - referred to Chatham-Kent’s black history sites as some of Southwestern Ontario’s most ‘poignant’ stops for visitors. The blog post, which lists highlights of the recent Ontario Southwest’s City Fare 2016 event, invites readers to visit Chatham-Kent and celebrate the role that this area played in helping escaped slaves find their freedom.
Stuart’s post, which also featured Chatham-Kent’s local food movement “C-K Table”, came just days after an internationally acclaimed photographer, Yuri Dojc, visited Chatham-Kent’s black history sites and photographed local residents who are direct descendants of those same fugitive slaves. Dojc, whose work has been exhibited on both sides of the Atlantic and is coveted by prestigious museums around the world, felt a deep connection to the stories of the locals as he, too, escaped his homeland of Czechoslovakia in hopes to find freedom in Canada.
The photographs, which will be part of an exhibit featured in the Canadian embassy in D.C. in late September, were taken each of Chatham-Kent’s three black history sites: Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Dresden, Buxton National Historic Site & Museum, in Buxton, as well as the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society, located in downtown Chatham.
This is not the first time that Chatham-Kent’s Black History has been received much deserved media attention; earlier this year, the town of Buxton was featured on CBC’s hit television show, “Still Standing”. The show’s host, comedian Jonny Harris, who travels across Canada visiting the country’s most unique communities, noted that historically speaking, Buxton is perhaps the “most interesting place” that he had been to.
Although the backgrounds, interests and intentions of those who have visited Chatham-Kent’s Black History sites differs greatly, one testament rings as clear as the Liberty Bell; if you haven’t yet been to Chatham-Kent, and you are yet to take the emotional journey on the Underground Railroad – now is the time and CK is the place. Plan your visit today!