OUR MISSION: To Build a Beautiful Cultural Green Space around the area of the Black Rock on the Montreal side of the Victoria Bridge
As many Montrealers are aware, there is a Black Rock that sits on the Montreal side of the Victoria Bridge. This Rock was installed in 1859 by the builders of the bridge. It honors the approximate 6000 Irish immigrants that died on the spot of ship’s fever. Many people do not realize that when they commute over the Victoria Bridge that, at this spot, they are actually driving over a massive graveyard. Our group feels that more should be done to honor the site and hope to be able involve all levels of Government as well as Corporate and individual donations to build a large park in the area. At this time, individuals including tourists that enter Montreal via the Victoria Bridge drive into a very desolate area. We feel that a park entry would be of more honor to the victims; the Montrealers that went to help; and make a much nicer entryway into the city. Please join this group if you would like to support this project (see Participate section).
Just some of the key points of the efforts to build this Cultural Green Space include:
- Honour the 6000+ Irish Immigrants who died and were buried in the area in 1847.
- Honour the Montrealers, including John Mills, the Mayor at the time, who went to provide aid and comfort, caught the Typhus and died.
- Honour the many French Canadian families who took in so many orphans from this tragedy.
- Mention that the area was a First Nations hunting and meeting place before the arrival of the Europeans.
- A mention that the area is in Griffintown; and also on the site of Goose Village, which was completely destroyed for Expo 67.
- That we would like to include a sports field for Irish sports like hurling, etc.
- We would like the site to include a museum, theatre, meeting place for various organizations, etc.
- That a nice Green Space would be a much better entry way to Montreal from the Victoria Bridge.
- That Green space is needed in the area as Griffintown develops.
- This space could easily be part of the effort to open Montreal, once again, to the St. Lawrence River and, for example, be part of a continuous bike path around the Island.