Henry Gray was a prominent and well respected member of the Black community in St. Catharines. He was a member of the African Temperance Society of St. Catharines, whose activities were reported in the press during 1835, which probably met in the Salem Chapel (BME Church) on Geneva St. The society had approximately 40 members.
In 1843 Gray headed a committee of twenty local Blacks to organize the 1843 Emancipation Day celebrations in St. Catharines. His name appeared on the city's assessment rolls until 1862, when his age was given as 78. He lived in a one-story frame house on Cherry Street.
*Hill, Daniel G. The Freedom Seekers: Blacks in Early Canada. Agincourt, Canada: The Book Society of Canada Ltd., 1981.