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Black History in Kingston: Biographies

The following list may serve as a starting point for those seeking biographical information about black history in Kingston/Frontenac. See also the Black History in Kingston flyer (2-page pdf document) which can be viewed, downloaded or printed on legal-sized paper.

Elder, James and Maria (1830s-1850s), early Kingston business owners


Gutches, Joseph (c1763-1842), a slave in early Kingston


Johnson, William (1799-1881) and his son James B. Johnson, barber and hairdressing business


  • "William Johnson: His Home" and "His Business," Stones: Black History Walking Tour, online
  • photo and brief biography of James B. Johnson in the book Early Photography in Kingston : From the Daguerreotype to the Postcard, by Jennifer McKendry (2013 edition), page 86.

Mink, George (c1809-1873), livery stable operator and businessman


O'Ree, Willie Eldon (1935-present), first black player in NHL, played for the Kingston Frontenacs 1959-1960


Pierce, Alfie (1874-1951), attached to Queen's University athletics


Powell, Harriet (c1815-1859), an escaped slave who settled in Kingston


Sinclair, Eon (1981-present), founded the band Bedouin Soundclash while in Kingston


Sutherland, Robert (c1831-1878), Queen's graduate and benefactor, lawyer