The John Freeman Walls Historic Site and Underground Railroad Museum is a 20acre historical site located in Puce, now Lakeshore, Ontario, Canada, about 25 miles east of Windsor.Make John Freeman Walls Historic Site & Underground Railroad Museum a part of your Lakeshore vacation plans using our Lakeshore travel itinerary planner.
To some the Underground Railroad is thought to be just that, a series of underground railroads that were built to hide and transport former slaves that were seeking to escape from the southern areas of the United States. In actuality it was a web of hidden, interconnected, man-made paths that were shrouded by forests and brush which assisted in the concealment of former slaves until they could reach a Refugee Terminal. These routes had two things in common. They all headed north and towards the free soil of the northern United States and Canada; and at various points along the way they all intersected with Refugee Terminals where runaway slaves could take shelter and would be given food and clothing. Despite the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, which stated that “any federal marshal who did not arrest on demand any person believed to be a runaway slave could be fined $1000. As for the runaway slaves themselves, they would be arrested and stripped of any and all civil rights”. During the era of the Underground Railroad, the site was among one of several major termini in Southwestern Ontario for fugitive slaves. These locations represented the end of a slave's long journey to freedom where he/she could receive shelter and support until they were ready to move on and begin their own new lives in Canada. As it developed, the site became an important nexus for both the local black community and newly arrived fugitive slaves from the southern United States. Today, many of the original buildings remain, and in 1985, the site was opened as an Underground Railroad Museum. The site forms part of the African-Canadian Heritage Tour in Southern Ontario.
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If you want to step back in time and feel what it was like to be a part of the Underground Railway, this is the place to go!
If you want to step back in time and feel what it was like to be a part of the Underground Railway, this is the place to go! more »
This is a very interesting museum and historic site with authentic structures from the Underground railroad to freedom. It is run by Dr. Bryan Walls, a direct decedent of John Freeman Walls; the...
This is a very interesting museum and historic site with authentic structures from the Underground railroad to freedom. It is run by Dr. Bryan Walls, a direct decedent of John Freeman Walls; the... more »
Better late than never. I've lived in the area for close to 30 years and have driven by the John Freeman Walls Historic Site many times, always saying that I would drop in for a tour one day. Well, I finally made along with my daughter-in-law and granddaughter. We had the please of meeting the founder of the museum Dr. Bryan Walls along with two young family members who were our tour guide. If we don't seek to know our history we are susceptible to repeat it. In encourage you not to wait as long I did to find out not only some local history but the very essence of what it was like to be a black slave in days past. The museum would be grateful for presence as well as any contribution you might offer to keep this valuable piece of history alive and well for generations to come. God bless you.
Dr. Walls is a very interesting man. He is very intelligent and shared a wealth of knowledge. His ancestor is the original settler of the property. We wish Canada would contribute to the restoration of this amazing historical site.
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