About the Exhibition
Black Canadians have served their country in times of war and peace, at home and overseas. They have fought for freedom abroad even as they have struggled against systemic racial barriers denying them equality in their own country.
Presented in partnership with the Niagara Military Museum, this panel exhibition highlights the experiences of 22 Black men and women from the Niagara region and Southwestern Ontario who served their country in uniform, from the American Revolution to the present day. Their experiences offer insight into the broader experience of Black Canadians and the country’s military history.
An exhibition developed by the Niagara Military Museum, presented in partnership with the Canadian War Museum, and supported by TD Bank Group.
Watch the Virtual Opening
This dynamic program includes a brief tour of the exhibition with Dr. Tim Cook, Chief Historian and Director of Research at the Canadian War Museum, and a conversation between Jim Doherty, President of the Niagara Military Museum, and Warrant Officer Stephen Thomas, MB, CD of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada.
The Service of Douglas Melford Johnson, Second World War
The Service of Junius Lyman Hokan, Second World War
The Service of Bill Hokan and Phyllis Nicholson
The Service of Edward Robertson Smith, Second World War
The service of John Bright, MM, First World War
The Service of Connie Brown, Second World War
The Service of William Chandler, American Civil War
The service of Pudge Dawson, Second World War
The service of Charles E. Harper, Jr., Second World War
The service of Major (Retired) Edward (Ed) Smith
Book Your Tickets Online
We are open Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 7 p.m. on Thursday.
To manage the number of visitors inside the Museum, we have introduced timed online ticketing every 15 minutes, with access limited to 75 people at a time. Please book your timed admission ticket online.
Admission Fees (tax not included)
- Adult – $20
- Senior – $18
- Student – $15
- Child (2-12) – $13
- Family (6 pers. – max 2 adults) – $50
- Members – Free
Image at top of page:
This group photograph shows William and Lavinia Chandler (seated, at left), along with other veterans of the American Civil War.
Compliments of the Niagara Military Museum.