NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE is world famous for its colonial charm and picturesque landscape. The region was home to the first assembled Government of Upper Canada back in the late 18th century when it used to be called Newark. It is also where Governor John Graves Simcoe announced his ambitious plans to put an end to the institution of slavery in Canada.
Niagara-on-the-Lake was home to many Black settlers who lived on rented and owned property on the Southern outskirts of the town. Niagara-On-The-Lake is also where the popular military units of Butler's Rangers and the Colored Corps were located. Both companies were stationed at Fort George and they both enlisted the help of Black soldiers. A Negro burial ground, commemorated by an Historical plaque, can be found in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Highway 55.