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.

WIVB.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

blog comments powered by Disqus