McDougall Corridor Walking Tour Project

The McDougall Street Corridor in Windsor, Ontario, is a historic Black community that emerged during the mid-nineteenth century as a refuge for freedom seekers and free people of colour escaping enslavement and oppression through the Underground Railroad. The thriving community founded churches, businesses, social clubs, halls, and a credit union and found creative ways to combat discrimination while providing services they were often denied elsewhere. However, housing segregation persisted until the 1960s, and Windsor’s urban renewal policies destroyed many social and familial bonds, leading to the loss of Black property ownership, independence, and organizing power.

“We Were Here: Bringing the Stories of Windsor’s McDougall Street Corridor to Life” is a placemaking project funded by Fed Dev Ontario (Government of Canada), highlighting the archival research of UWindsor Masters in History student Willow Key and supported by a collaborative of the Centre for Cities, the Essex County Black Historical Research Society (ECBHRS), Parallel 42 Systems, the UWindsor School of Creative Arts and the Leddy Library. Today, visitors can take a walking tour of the McDougall Corridor to learn about the community’s rich history, which includes Landrum Hall & Frontier Social Club, the Walker House Hotel, and the Mercer Street School, among other notable landmarks.

McDougall Corridor Walking Tour



Coming soon!


Funded by: Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
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Project Partners

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Secondary Partners

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