Ross Bay Cemetery Guided Tour

Group of about 50 people, women, men and youth, wearing coats/hats gathered around gravesites at Ross Bay Cemetery, speaker stands in front of one of the grave markers, grass underfoot, trees in background

Ross Bay Cemetery Guided Tour
Sunday, February 26th
2:00 to 3:00 pm
Ross Bay Cemetery
1495 Fairfield Road

$5.00/$2.00 OCS & BCBHAS members

REGISTRATION ONLY IN PERSON: By 1:45 pm, meet at the Ross Bay Cemetery, 1495 Fairfield Road, at the entrance across from Stannard Ave. At this entrance is the new Memorial Gate. We understand this is a popular time to exercise your canine buddies, however the Cemetery has a NO DOGS Policy.

ABOUT THE TOUR: Did you know there are more than 50 Black Pioneers and/or their descendants at Ross Bay Cemetery? This is a guided tour of a few of their graves and others who were influential in the migration of Blacks to this British Colony. The tour hosts are James Gatsi, BC Black History Awareness Society member and John Adams, Old Cemeteries Society member and owner-operator of “Discover the Past Walking Tours”.

grass-covered gravesite for Sydna Francis at Ross Bay Cemetery

Did you know .. one of the women buried here is Sydna Edmonia Robella (nee Dandridge) Francis – suffragist, abolitionist, devoted daughter, wife, mother; and property owner? Her grave at Ross Bay Cemetery is unmarked; yet her life’s work is indeed remarkable. Our hope is you will consider helping us raise funds to install a grave marker for Sydna Francis. This is her story

Ross Bay Cemetery Tour and Sydna Francis grave photos: ©BC Black History Awareness Society, All rights reserved

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