Community Invited to Celebrate Lillion Batchelor’s 85th Birthday and Scholarship Fundraiser Community Activist Responsible for Highlighting Buffalo’s Underground Railroad Connection With Nationally Recognized Events at Broderick Park
The community is invited to celebrate Ms. Lillion Batchelor for her 85th birthday! Ms. Batchelor, Founder of the Buffalo Quarters Historical Society, has been engaged in community activism in the Western New York region for decades.
The results of her tireless work have made a massive impact on this community and in Southern Ontario Canada. Through years of research Ms. Batchelor was able to highlight Buffalo’s significance in the Underground RailRoad with her runaway slave crossing reenactments at Broderick Park, earning her many accolades in both the United States and Canada.
Her work was also the catalyst in placing Broderick Park, also known as Foot of Ferry, on the National Register of Historic Places. This designation along with Mayor Byron Brown’s unwavering support secured over $4 million dollars in park improvements in recent years. To ensure that Ms. Batchelor’s legacy continues, a scholarship has been established in her name and is presented annually through the Buffalo Urban League.
Ms. Lillion Batchelor’s birthday celebration/ scholarship fundraising event is scheduled for Saturday, August 24th from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera, 91 Allen Street. The event is open to the public, light refreshments will be served and there will be a cake cutting ceremony at 2p.m. Attendees, and those who cannot make the event, are encouraged to donate to the Buffalo Urban League Lillion Batchelor Scholarship Fund.
No donation is too small.