Black St. Catharines: A Thesis Zine

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Zine created in Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop, mockups created in Adobe Photoshop.

Thesis Statement:

Through the process of creating my thesis project on Black history in St. Catharines, I have learned so much about myself and my community. I have become more aware of my own privilege and the fact that I am able to dedicate an entire year to learning about this important history. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow, and I feel a deep sense of responsibility to share the knowledge I have gained with others in my community.
One of the biggest challenges I faced in this project was the lack of first-hand records due to the historical marginalization of Black people in Niagara. It was difficult to find primary sources and to piece together the stories of those who lived here. However, I was fortunate to have access to the St. Catharines Public Library, which was an incredible resource in my research. I am also thankful to those who came before me and put in the work to uncover and document this history, as it is through their efforts that I was able to learn.
Through this project, I have come to appreciate the rich and diverse history of my community, and I have gained a deeper understanding of the struggles and achievements of Black people in St. Catharines. I have learned the importance of acknowledging and confronting the injustices of the past.
As I move forward, I hope that St. Catharines and Canada as a whole will continue to invest in uncovering and sharing Black history, and that we will continue to work towards a more inclusive and equitable society. I am proud to have been a part of this important project, and I hope that my work will inspire others to learn and engage with the history of our community.
Further reading and involvement in the community is something that I am committed to continuing beyond this project. I believe that it is important to stay engaged and informed about the history and experiences of marginalized communities, in order to build a more just and equitable society.
I hope that my thesis project can inspire others to do the same, and to take an active interest in learning and engaging with the history of our community. I believe that this project is just the beginning, and that there is still so much work to be done to uncover and share the stories of Black people in St. Catharines and beyond.
I am excited to continue on this journey of learning and growth, and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this important work. I hope that my project can serve as a starting point for others who are interested in exploring and engaging with the history of our community, and that together, we can create a more inclusive and equitable society for all.

Resources & Readings:

Ripley C. Peter ed. The Black Abolitionist Paper: II Vol. lI
The Universty of North Carolina Press, 2015.

"Community History” Salem Chapel BME Church

Parrott, Zach “Richard Pierpoint"
The Canadian Encyclopedia, October 6, 2016.

Pawlowski, Michael Niagara Black Waters Flow Deep

Bush, Rochelle General Tubman: St. Catharines, 1858 – Part I
Museum Chat (blog) February 5th 2021

Discovering Niagara’s Freedom Trail

St. Catharines Public Library Norval Johnson Heritage Centre Collection