FORT ERIE is located directly across the Niagara River from Buffalo, New York. Throughout the early and mid-19th century, the town served as a major entry point into Canada along the the Underground Railroad. The town of Fort Erie was often the first view of Canada seen by thousands of freedom-seekers entering the country.

A plaque honouring the bravery of those freedom seekers who risked death in order to make the crossing graces the banks of the Niagara river in Fort Erie. This Canadian border town is also where many refugee slaves found paying jobs for the first time, working in the lumber, farming and shipping industries. Fort Erie symbolized the beginning and the end of a journey that, for most, began in bondage. Fort Erie was a gateway to freedom in Canada and the Underground Railroad's tracks ran directly through it.