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Provincial Plaque Commemorates The Banwell Road Area Black Settlement

Friday September 25th, 2015, 4:26pm

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A provincial plaque commemorating The Banwell Road Area Black Settlement was unveiled in Tecumseh Friday afternoon.

The Banwell Road Area Black Settlement was established in the late 1830s by Black families escaping slavery in the United States. These families settled in the Banwell Road area of Sandwich East, obtaining land from organizations such as The Colored Industrial Society and the Refugee Home Society. Planned settlements provided a strong support system and close-knit communities for people fleeing enslavement.

They owned thriving family farms and were employed in various occupations. Most importantly, the land settlement program gave purchasers security and a chance to control their own destinies through land ownership. These early settlers played an integral role in the development of the Windsor area by attracting newcomers and providing support to those who chose to make Canada their home.

The plaque will be permanently installed at The Smith Cemetery.

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