Dr. Bryan E. Walls C.M. O. Ont. DDS

Dr. Bryan Walls is a retired dentist, university lecturer, speaker and author from Essex County, Ontario, near Windsor, where he was born in 1946 and continues to live. He was the first African Canadian president of the Ontario Historical Society. His passion is to use history and personal family struggles based on his knowledge of the Underground Railroad to promote mutual respect and reconciliation. He is the author of, The Road that Led to Somewhere, which commemorates a unique family chapter of the Underground Railroad Freedom Movement. Dr. Walls is founder of the "John Freeman Walls Historic Site and Underground Railroad Museum" and President of the not for profit Organization Proverbs Heritage Organization. He is especially proud of his friendship with Mrs. Rosa Parks, who brought hundreds of students to the museum over a fourteen year period, and whom he considered a mentor.

Dr. Walls received the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada, and received the United States White House Volunteer Service Award from President Barak Obama in 2009. He is a proud deacon in First Baptist Church Puce, Ontario founded in 1846. Dr. Walls is married to Anna Walls. They have five children and eleven grandchildren.

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