The 'Coloured Village'
In town, black residents began acquiring property near one another, which was nicknamed the ‘coloured village’. The new residents also joined local church congregations, and Niagara, Queenston, Virgil and St. Davids each saw their Baptist membership grow. Many found work on farms or were labourers, and some became prosperous. Louis Ross owned a barbershop, Daniel Waters owned and operated a livery stable, and his brother, John, was a landlord. In the 1870s, John ran for and was elected as Niagara's first black town councillor; he was re-elected 3 times. By the late-1800s, the black population moved to larger areas like St. Catharines, but several residents remained in Niagara. Even though the population was small, the Black community influenced the social and political life of the town.