Freedom Crossing Monument, Lewiston

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Freedom Crossing Monument is located on the bank of the Niagara River in Lewiston, New York, and honors the courage of fugitive slaves who sought a new life of freedom in Canada, and to the local volunteers who protected and helped them on their journey across the Niagara River. It was dedicated on October 14, 2009.

It also highlights and celebrates the historical importance of the Niagara River as a gateway to freedom on the Underground Railroad during the mid-19th century.

It was the first project to receive the endorsement of the Niagara River Greenway Commission and the project conception, planning and fund raising was done entirely by volunteers of the Historical Association of Lewiston, Inc., the monument's sponsor. The Association advanced the concept of the monument in 2006.

Primary funding was provided by the Town of Lewiston with Niagara River Greenway Plan funds which were received from the New York Power Authority, and with supplemental private support from the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation and the KeyBank Foundation. No tax dollars were used. Total project cost was $230,000.

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  • so much history behind this statue. Josiah is a role model. i did not know Lewiston was one of the last stops of the underground railroad.  more »
  • Monument on the Lewiston Waterfront commemorating Underground Railroad Conductors Harriet “Moses” Tubman & local resident Josiah Tyran helping slaves escape across the river to freedom in Canada...  more »
  • Nice place to enjoy with Family. This is also a tourist spot with Whirlpool Jet ride facility. We bought Whirlpool Jet ride pass online. They will give a brief training on the ride and give you life jacket. To get the training, we should be here 45 minutes earlier to our actual ride time.The ride was fantastic and every one will enjoy. This place has some wooden tables to have food. People come here to enjoy the river and to be peaceful. This place has swing to enjoy. People of all kind of ages can sit on swing and enjoy the nature. This swing is a nice one for Couples, Children etc.
  • Love the opportunity to uncover history in all kinds of places. Nice looking statue in an enjoyable setting along the river.

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