Heritage activist wants to save building linked to the Underground Railroad

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A London heritage activist vows to “go medieval on them” if city council allows the demolition of a core property linked to the city’s black history, the Underground Railroad and the American Civil War.

“This is the birthplace of the Civil War and the last stop on the Underground Railroad,” an agitated Joe O’Neil said Thursday.

“This should be an international historic site,” she said of the modest bungalow on Thames St. that Aboutown Transportation wants to level.

The company has applied for a demolition permit for 275 Thames St. and two adjoining properties, the London advisory committee on heritage learned this week.

Jim Donnelly, owner of Aboutown, says the buildings are too far gone to save and were uninhabitable when she bought them for storage and parking.

“It’s time to close a chapter,” said Donnelly, who says she would replace them with parking for her nearby business.

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