November 30th, 2021
November 30th, 2021

Virtual Fall Lecture Series - Traces of the Durham Road’s Black Pioneers

Join Naomi Norquay from the safety and comfort of your own home for this free online talk streaming live on Tuesday, November 30 at 1 p.m. 

This presentation will explore traces of early Black settlers in Grey County found in historical written records, oral history accounts, artefacts and on the land itself. Connections will also be drawn between the Old Durham Road and Owen Sound. 

Naomi Norquay, Associate Professor in York University’s Faculty of Education, is co-editor of Northern Terminus: The African-Canadian History Journal and President of the Old Durham Road Black Pioneer Cemetery Committee. Naomi is also currently coordinating the Greenwood Cemetery lndigent Plot Reclamation Project. Sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, this project is combing through historical records to reconstruct the lives behind the names of the 1200+ people who are buried in the plot.

If you wish to ask questions during the Q&A, they can be submitted in the comments for the video on Grey Roots YouTube (please note, you have to be logged into a YouTube account to do so), or via Messenger on Grey Roots Facebook. The talk will also be available on YouTube following the livestream.

This presentation will be the final instalment in our 2021 Virtual Fall Lecture Series, hosted online Tuesday afternoons at 1 p.m. from November 9 through November 30. Livestreams will be available at – pre-registration not required.

The 2021 Virtual Fall Lecture Series is a free event, but if these talks are something you enjoy, please consider becoming a Grey Roots member. Your interest and support is sincerely appreciated.

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