Fall Lecture Series - Lest We Forget, Grey County's Black Military History - Online Lecture

View Lest We Forget, Grey County's Black Military History below, or on our YouTube page.


Select the link below to view a digital copy of Lest We Forget, the Black Veterans' Memorial Book.


Bonita Johnson-deMatteis shares her labour of love to research, verify and update available information, photos and testimonies from friends and family who were, or knew, members of the Black military of Grey, Bruce and Simcoe counties who took part in combat campaigns of the 20th century.

Bonita is a researcher, author and artist. Her design for the Black History Cairn at Owen Sound’s Harrison Park celebrates the long-standing tradition of the Owen Sound Emancipation Picnic and Black History of the area. Bonita also compiled a book about Grey County Black soldiers to compliment Grey Roots’ From Slavery to Freedom exhibit. This book won the Ontario Museum Association Award of Merit for 2003, and her work to expand this research is ongoing. 

This presentation is part of our 2023 Fall Lecture Series taking place on Tuesday afternoons in November. Tuesday, November 7 and Tuesday, November 14 talks take place at 1:00 p.m. in the Grey Roots Theatre. Complimentary refreshments following these talks. Free with admission. Members free as always.

Tuesday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 28 talks are virtual (online only). These talks are free, but if they are something you enjoy, please consider becoming a Grey Roots member. Your interest and support is sincerely appreciated.

Pictured: PF683S1F1I3 James Henry Hall, WWI, [191-]


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