Solomon Northup Plaque - Historic Places Days

Solomon Northup Plaque

Mississauga, Ontario
Monument / Landmark
155 Church Street, Streetsville, Mississauga, ON, Canada
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Open at all times. Outdoor public park.

This plaque honours Mississauga’s Black history, commemorating the 1857 visit of Solomon Northup to Streetsville, historic Mississauga.

In the summer of 1857, Solomon Northup (author of 12 Years a Slave) was in Canada for a series of lectures, supported by the Anti-Slavery Society of Canada, to speak about his experience being born free, kidnapped at the age of 43, sold into slavery, and living as a slave for 12 years.

Solomon was scheduled to speak at Streetsville’s Town Hall. However, a hostile reception prevented him from speaking. Solomon was safely escorted out of the situation by Streetsville hotel-keeper Robert Stephens.

This visit to Streetsville is the last-known reference to Solomon Northup. Solomon’s whereabouts after his visit to Streetsville are unknown, and the location and circumstances of his death are also uncertain. 


  • Family-Friendly
  • Parking
  • Parkland
  • Pet-Friendly


155 Church Street, Streetsville, Mississauga, ON, Canada
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