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New walking tour puts spotlight on local Black history

New walking tour puts spotlight on local Black historyNew walking tour puts spotlight on local Black history
Originally Posted on CityNews Kitchener 

February 1, 2022 – A new walking tour launches Friday and it puts a spotlight on local Black history by taking guests through significant places.

It’s called Black Presence in Berlin—the former name of Kitchener around the time the first Black settler arrived to the region in 1806.

“His name was Isaac Jones, and he came with Abraham Erb, who was one of the first Mennonites that lived in this area,” said Peggy Plet, tour leader for Black Presence in Berlin and a Black history researcher for over 25 years.

Plet said Jones came as a labourer, and later owned land but not much is known about him.

There are also other stories of early Black residents, like Black teachers in the region’s first schools.

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