William and Susannah Steward House, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Black History, Ontario, freedom seekers

Photo of the Week — A Piece of Niagara’s Black History

William and Susannah Steward House, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Black History, Ontario, freedom seekers

The Steward House was built by a freed black slave. Freedom seekers like William Steward came to Upper Canada from the US and settled in Niagara-on-the-Lake and other communities in Ontario. (©Julia Pelish/Vacay.ca)

February 14, 2012

It’s Black History Month and southern Ontario is filled with many unheralded landmarks to the abolitionist movement, including this one in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Steward House was built by a freed slave who escaped captivity in the United States to find freedom in Upper Canada. William and Susannah Steward lived in the house from 1834-47. It is now a provincial historic landmark and a privately owned home at the corner of John and Butler Streets.

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A photographer who has worked in the largest media markets in Canada and the U.S., Julia’s travel photos and videos have been featured prominently in the Toronto Star and been exhibited in galleries in Toronto, New York and Vancouver. Her new line of photo jewelry was inspired by her travels. Even though she is an American, one of her favourite travel experiences was spending Canada Day 2000 on Parliament Hill, joining in a parade with then-Prime Minister Jean Chretien and others. Julia is Vacay.ca’s Visuals Editor. See her work at www.juliapelish.com/blog.