The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, in partnership with New York State Health Foundation, is embarking on a murals project in Niagara Falls starting on Main Street and Depot Avenue that will help build an appreciation for our history and heritage in this city with so many stories to tell. In the Highland Community, many people are the most recent in a long line of black residents whose presence in Niagara Falls made it one of the most important places of courage and resistance to oppression in the United States from the time of the Underground Railroad to today. These stories of heroism are documented and told at the adjacent Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center. The Mural Project will continue to share these stories and others as it relates to theme of freedom, and specifically what freedom means to the residents of Niagara Falls. Local artists have been selected, and will be participating in public programming around the mural making process.
The flow of water was stopped completely over both falls on March 29th 1848 due to an ice jam in the upper river for several hours. This is the only known time to have occurred. The Falls did not actually freeze over, but the flow was stopped to the point where people actually walked out and recovered artifacts from the riverbed!