Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center

Zach Anderson, WBFO

As Niagara Falls celebrates the opening of a new center celebrating its role in the Underground railroad movement, some of those behind the project say they were given a little extra incentive thanks to newspaper stories questioning the legitimacy of Niagara Falls' connection to the slavery freedom trail.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO News

A museum commemorating some of the local people and places that helped escaped African-American slaves find freedom in Canada formally opened its doors Friday. Those attending the grand opening of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center say the new cultural asset will educate people of the region's past while helping guests recognize the modern social injustices that stem from the nation's history of slavery.

The historic U.S. Customs House by the Whirlpool Bridge in Niagara Falls will soon be home to the city's newest cultural attraction. The facility is going to highlight the critical role residents played in helping African Americans on their journey from slavery to freedom.