Canada’s Underground Railroad Sites Show Other Half Of The Story

If Walls site could talk Meanwhile, back at the John Freeman Walls site, tourists gather around a red “freedom bell” meant to be rung by arriving fugitives. When John and Jane Walls arrived in 1846, they helped start the local Baptist church, which in turn helped other arriving escaped slaves gain land to farm. This was crucial in the dire years after 1850 when the U.S. Fugitive Slave Act allowed runaway slaves to be arrested even in northern states like Michigan, forcing people to cross to Canada for safety. Today, the Walls site has a railroad car that once was used as a small museum. A look through the dusty windows shows it in disarray. Nearby is the Walls family cabin and several other sturdy-looking outbuildings. There is the family cemetery, where generations of Wallses are buried. And there is nature’s handiwork the low arcing trees, the profusion of goldenrod, the genteel softening of this place, and the smooth gray weathering of handmade signs, one of which says: “Alabama: 833 Miles.” It all speaks of lives that finally found peace. Four Canadian Underground Railroad sites John Freeman Walls Historic Site, Lakeshore, Ontario 859 Puce Road (one mile north of Highway 401 exit 28.) Descendants of Walls founded this historic site to commemorate Walls’ part in the Underground Railroad. ( undergroundrailroadmuseum.org , 519-727-6555. Possible to wander around anytime; groups should call ahead.) Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site, Dresden, Ontario 9251 Uncle Tom’s Road; off exit 101 on Highway 401. The house of Josiah Henson, the inspiration for the character Uncle Tom in Uncle Tom’s Cabin and also an abolitionist who helped settle other fugitives at his New Dawn Settlement. ( heritagetrust.on.ca , 519-683-2978, admission $6.25.

We know the good offices that Canada has with Israel could be used for raising these issues We know the good offices that Canada has with Israel could be used for raising these issues, Mr. al-Maliki said. He was in Ottawa for two days of meetings with federal officials this week, including what he indicated was a warm meeting with Mr. Baird. The meetings took place in the context of peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians that were relaunched last month after a five-year hiatus marked by frustration, anger and conflict. Mr. al-Maliki admitted he had mixed feelings about making his first trip to Ottawa given the Conservative governments strong opposition to the Palestinians bid for non-member state status at the UN this past November. Canada was one of only a handful of countries to vote against the resolution and lobbied other countries to vote against it as well. There was also concern about Mr. Bairds meeting with Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni in April in East Jerusalem, which Canada and much of the rest of the world considers occupied territory belonging to the Palestinians. Visiting East Jerusalem and visiting the office of Tzipi Livni there, even if it was for a coffee, it was really violating international law, Mr. al-Maliki said. But the Palestinian minister said he was pleasantly surprised by the reception he received from the Conservative government during his trip. And either I want to stay hostage to actions that have happened and keep the Canadian-Palestinian relationship hostage to such events, he said, or liberate that relationship from what happened and to see if there is any possibility for engagement. Related Youll face consequences from Canada if you take Israel to International Criminal Court: Baird to Palestinians I believe that the Canadian government, that the foreign minister himself, felt that there are common issues with Palestine and there is space that can be developed with Palestine, Mr.