Woman honored for documenting Underground Railroad


Buffalo, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County has recognized a woman for her work documenting and publicizing the history of the Underground Railroad through Western New York into Canada.

On Tuesday The county presented Lillion Batchelor with the “Outstanding Contribution by a Senior Award”.

She founded the Buffalo Quarters Historical Society, which recreates the journey of slaves crossing the Niagara River to freedom in Canada in the 19th century.

“I have faith in Buffalo that we will change, and be proud of our history, and acknowledge this history to our children, so that they can grow up,” Batchelor said at an event at the Rath Building.

Buffalo’s Broderick Park was the last American stop on the Underground Railroad.

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