Tower of Freedom Monument

The Tower of Freedom Underground Railroad Monument honours the enslaved Black people’s flight to freedom via the Underground Railroad. It was sculpted by Ed Dwight, and donated to the City in 2001.

The monument in Windsor is one of the two parts that commemorate two stops on the Underground Railroad route. One piece is in Detroit, in the Hart Plaza, and features a

Photo of the Tower of Freedom

City of Windsor

sculpture of 6 people awaiting transport into Canada. The Windsor sculpture depicts the arrival of freedom seekers into Canada.

Constructed in bronze, the Windsor monument depicts several figures – two women, a baby, with a man standing behind them, and a young girl holding a doll and looking back across the river. The monument is visible from its counterpart in Detroit.

The sculpture is located in the Civic Esplanade in Windsor.


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