Echoes of the Old Durham Road

Creator(s): South Grey Museum & Historical Library

Echoes of the Old Durham Road focuses on the early Black pioneers, their settlement along the Old Durham Road near Priceville, Ontario and the Old Durham Road Pioneer Cemetery. This virtual exhibit aims to tell a local story on a national theme ― Black History. Historic and present day photos, maps and contemporary local artwork link our present to a past not recorded in our history books.

The exhibit introduces visitors to the Old Durham Road and some of the people who first lived on lots along the Road. In particular the stories of six families - the Blacks, Pattersons, Browns, Meads, Simons and Workmans - who settled here in the 1850s are told by archival photos, documents and land registries dating back to that time. The story of the reclamation of the Old Durham Road Pioneer Cemetery also comes alive with photos and words.

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