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A Community at War

Special Exhibition

A Community at War

The Military Service of Black Canadians of the Niagara Region

Until September 3, 2023

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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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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.


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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.


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Video Gallery

Wilma Morrison

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


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Logo - Niagara Military Museum Logo - TD Ready Commitment


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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)


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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.