In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown is set to host a walking tour that illuminates the African-American history of the fort on Monday, January 20th.
The tour will be led by Executive Director Robert Emerson, who will discuss slavery in New France and the story of Richard Pierpoint, a black loyalist during the American Revolution; New information on the 24th Infantry Regiment that was posted at Fort Niagara in 1908-1909; and the life of Hubert Crawford, the African-American artist, who painted the mural “Lions of Cantigny” at the Fort Niagara Officers’ Club in the late 1930s.
The tour will leave from the Visitor Center at 2 pm and will end at 3:30 pm. Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes or boots and dress for the weather.
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children (6-12), free for kids under age 6 and for members.
On Saturday, February 15th, “Winter Woods Battle” returns to the fort for a full day of living history programs, including a re-enacted skirmish with muskets and a snowshoe trek (if there’s enough snow).
More information about all of Old Fort Niagara’s upcoming events and programs is available on their website.
Illustration of Lions of Cantigny mural by Hubert Crawford at the Fort Niagara Officers’ Club at Fort Niagara (provided).