Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dr. Bryan Walls

Dr.Bryan Walls
Photo:C. Ferguson/AfroCanadaViews
Dr. Bryan Walls is a historian, lecturer, founder of the Underground Railroad Museum and the John Freeman Walls Historic Site located in Puce, Ontario
This location was a terminal on the Underground Railroad. Dr. Walls is fifth generation Canadian and his book, “The Road That Led to Somewhere” is based on a true story of his ancestors’ journey on the Underground Railroad to Canada

The Walls’ family almost lost their property to strangers when his 92 year old Aunt Stella gave Power of Attorney to her lawyer, not realizing the consequences of her actions.  “Our ancestral burial ground is there and I did not want to ask strangers to go and visit them,” said Walls. Walls was a dentist by profession, but in 1999 he was in a car accident and broke his neck. No longer able to practice dentistry, it was at this moment that Walls accepted the baton from Aunt Stella and became the next caretaker of the family’s legacy. 

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