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Learn about Old Fort Niagara's Hidden African-American History

by Charlotte Clark
Tue, Jan 7th 2020 10:00 am

(January 2, 2020) Youngstown, N.Y. – In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Old Fort Niagara will present a special walking tour that illuminates the hidden African-American history of the fort.

At 2 p.m. on Monday, January 20, Executive Director Robert Emerson will lead a tour that will educate visitors about:

  • Slavery in New France;
  • The story of Richard Pierpoint, a black loyalist during the American Revolution;
  • New information on the 24th Infantry Regiment that was posted at Fort Niagara in 1908-1909;
  • The life of Hubert Crawford, the African-American artist, who painted the mural "Lions of Cantigny" at the Fort Niagara Officers’ Club in the late 1930s.

Regular admission rates apply and include access to the historic fort and the special tour. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children (6-12), free for kids under age 6 and for members.

The tour will leave from the Visitor Center at 2 p.m. and will end at 3:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes or boots and dress for the weather.

On Saturday, February 15, “Winter Woods Battle” returns to the fort for a full day of living history programs, including a re-enacted skirmish with muskets and a snowshoe trek (if there’s enough snow).

More information about all of Old Fort Niagara’s upcoming events and programs is available at www.oldfortniagara.org.

Hours of Operation

September- December, Open Wednesday through Sunday (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

January through March, Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. (Closed Monday-Thursday) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

April- May, Open Wednesday through Sunday. (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Memorial Day to Labor Day, Open 7 Days per week. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. 

The fort will be open Christmas week, Monday through Friday, December 26 - 31. 

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