underground railroad

Column: The Book Department: Two Contemporary Novels of Passion and Controversy by Black American Authors

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Despite the controversies surrounding the titles listed above, these are powerful works from gifted, esteemed, award-winning authors and their quality in terms of literary merit cannot be denied. 

Local Artist’s Niagara Falls Mural Links Social and Environmental Justice

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The newest mural gracing a 51-foot by 11-foot section of concrete wall in Niagara Falls’ Main and Depot area for the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Project brings things full circle for East Aurora artist Sara Zak. 

Historian’s Corner: Was There a Secret Tunnel Under East Main Street?

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One of the more oft-repeated stories of East Aurora’s role on the Underground Railroad involves a tunnel under East Main Street. According to the account, enslaved individuals seeking passage to Canada could avoid detection while in East Aurora by making their way underground from the house at 793 Main St. to the house at 774 Main St. Analysis of the evidence paints a clearer picture of whether this is myth or grounded in fact.