The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
To reveal authentic stories of Underground Railroad freedom seekers and abolitionists in Niagara Falls that inspire visitors to recognize modern injustices that stem from slavery and take action toward an equitable society.
The Heritage Center is an experiential museum that tells the story of the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls. The Heritage Center is a project of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission, in cooperation with the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, a program of the National Park Service. It is located in the former 1863 U.S. Custom House attached to the new Niagara Falls Amtrak Station.
The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area
The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area includes the entirety of the municipal limits of the City of Niagara Falls. The City includes outstanding natural and scenic resources associated with the Niagara River, the Niagara Gorge, and the falls; is internationally recognized for tourism and recreational opportunities; and possesses an unparalleled density of historic resources, narratives, sites, experiences, and research opportunities related to the Underground Railroad. The boundary of the Heritage Area unites this rich assemblage of cultural, natural, and economic resources for the purpose of protecting and promoting the important historic sites and scenic integrity that distinguish the City of Niagara Falls.
The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area Mission
It is the mission of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area Commission to educate and inform the community about the rich local heritage associated with the Underground Railroad and Abolitionist movement, and to conserve and enhance the historic, cultural, economic and architectural resources of Niagara Falls.
The work of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area includes the creation of the Heritage Center, which uncovers the wealth of places and stories associated with the Underground Railroad found within the City of Niagara Falls and surrounding region. The Heritage Center preserves the historic role of the people of Niagara Falls in facilitating freedom for the oppressed. The places and stories associated with this network of freedom seekers, free African Americans, and abolitionists evoke powerful themes in American history and celebrate the bravery of the men and women who risked their own lives to achieve the most basic rights of liberty.
The Commission will accomplish its work and mission by working with national, regional, state and local agencies, institutions, and organizations and with the local Niagara Falls residents, as described in the Heritage Area Management Plan (located under the 'History' tab).