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Freedom Crossing Monument, Niagara Falls

Freedom Crossing Monument - Niagara Falls, New York
Freedom Crossing Monument
North Water Street at Center Street, Lewsiton, NY 14092Map
Neighborhood: North of the Falls
Overview

This sculpture, located along Lewiston’s waterfront, depicts runaway slaves on the last leg of their journey to freedom along the Underground Railroad, a series of secret back roads and safe houses used by slaves who sought freedom in the mid- 1800s. In Lewiston, Josiah Tryon assisted freedom seekers by helping them cross the Niagara River by rowboat to safety in Canada. This monument is based on the book, Freedom Crossing, written in 1969 by local author, Margaret Goff Clark. The book is set in Lewiston and it gives many detailed descriptions about local Underground Railroad sites, including the Presbyterian Church and Tyron’s Folly, a home with four cellars built along the river by Amos Tryon, Josiah’s brother. Josiah found it to be the ideal spot to hide the slaves. One of the figures in the sculpture depicts the fictional heroine of the book, Laura Eastman.-Christine A. Smyczynski

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