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  • Mary Bell with Rick Bell, early 1950s
    Textmystery       A black and white photograph of a very young Rick Bell with his grandmother, Mary Bell. The location is not recorded on the photo, however, it is likely to be Niagara Falls or St. Catharines, Ontario. This photograph was in the possession of Rick Bell, who retrieved family memorabilia from ...
    Textmystery     A black and white photograph of a very young Rick Bell with his grandmother, Mary Bell. The location is not recorded on the photo, however, it is likely to be ...
  • Josephine Sloman at Cottage in Parry Sound, Ontario
    Text       Josephine Sloman is pictured holding a wooden oar at a holiday cabin in Parry Sound, Ontario in this undated black and white photograph. Her husband, Albert, is likely the person standing to her left, visible through the trees. This photograph was in the possession of the Rick Bell family, of ...
    Text     Josephine Sloman is pictured holding a wooden oar at a holiday cabin in Parry Sound, Ontario in this undated black and white photograph. Her husband, Albert, is likely the person ...
  • Photograph of Richard, Iris and Albert Sloman [n.d.]
    Text       An undated photograph of Richard, Iris and Albert Sloman taken outside what is believed to be a holiday cabin in Parry Sound, Ontario. This photograph was in the possession of the Rick Bell family, of St. Catharines.
    Text     An undated photograph of Richard, Iris and Albert Sloman taken outside what is believed to be a holiday cabin in Parry Sound, Ontario. This photograph was in the possession of ...
  • Albert and Josephine Sloman [n.d.]
    Textmystery       A coloured photographic portrait of Albert and Josephine Sloman. The location and date of the photograph are unknown. The Sloman - Bell families were from the St. Catharines and London areas of Ontario. Their descendants include former Black American slaves who settled in Canada. This photo was in the possession ...
    Textmystery     A coloured photographic portrait of Albert and Josephine Sloman. The location and date of the photograph are unknown. The Sloman - Bell families were from the St. Catharines and London ...
  • The Slomans: Albert, Josie, Shirley and Bert, 1942
    Text       A black and white snapshot of Albert and Josie Sloman, with Shirley and Bert Sloman. The date recorded on the back of the photograph is May 24, 1942, possibly the Victoria Day weekend. The location appears to be the Oakes Garden Theatre in Niagara Falls. This photograph was in the ...
    Text     A black and white snapshot of Albert and Josie Sloman, with Shirley and Bert Sloman. The date recorded on the back of the photograph is May 24, 1942, possibly the ...
  • Lizzie Sloman and Son [n.d.]
    Text       Lizzie Sloman is pictured with her son, not identified by name, in this undated black and white photograph. The location of the photograph is also unknown. This item was in the possession of Rick Bell, of St. Catharines, whose mother Iris Sloman Bell, was sister to Lizzie.
    Text     Lizzie Sloman is pictured with her son, not identified by name, in this undated black and white photograph. The location of the photograph is also unknown. This item was in ...
  • Unidentified Sloman relative [n.d.]
    Textmystery       This undated photograph features an unidentified Sloman family relative pictured outside of a house in an unknown location. The photograph was among the family memorabilia retrieved from the attic of Iris Sloman Bell, of St. Catharines, in the 1980s. The Sloman - Bell family has descendants who are former Black ...
    Textmystery     This undated photograph features an unidentified Sloman family relative pictured outside of a house in an unknown location. The photograph was among the family memorabilia retrieved from the attic of ...
  • Albert, Josie and Iris Sloman in the Vegetable Garden [ n.d.]
    Textmystery       This undated black and white family snapshot shows Albert and Josie Sloman (at left) with their daughter, Iris Sloman Bell (third from left) and an unidentified woman in the vegetable garden. The location of the garden is not clear, although it could be St. Catharines or London, Ontario. This photograph ...
    Textmystery     This undated black and white family snapshot shows Albert and Josie Sloman (at left) with their daughter, Iris Sloman Bell (third from left) and an unidentified woman in the vegetable ...
  • Photograph of Mildred Sloman [n.d.]
    Textmystery       Mildred Sloman is pictured with three unidentified gentlemen in this undated photograph, believed to be taken in London, Ontario. This black and white snapshot was in the possession of the Rick Bell family, whose ancestors include Black slaves from the United States.
    Textmystery     Mildred Sloman is pictured with three unidentified gentlemen in this undated photograph, believed to be taken in London, Ontario. This black and white snapshot was in the possession of the ...
  • Vera Sloman, Richard Bell, Iris Sloman Bell and Bert Sloman [n.d.]
    Textmystery       This black and white family photo is undated yet believed to be in 1939 on the wedding day of Richard and Iris Bell. Pictured in this photo are, from right, Vera, Richard Bell, Iris Sloman Bell, and Bert Sloman. This photo was in the possession of Rick Bell, of St. ...
    Textmystery     This black and white family photo is undated yet believed to be in 1939 on the wedding day of Richard and Iris Bell. Pictured in this photo are, from right, ...
  • Richard and Iris Bell Wedding Day, 1939
    Textmysterycomment       Richard and Iris (Sloman) Bell are pictured on the grounds of unknown gardens, possibly in Niagara Falls, on their wedding day in 1939. This photo was among the family memorabilia in the possession of their son, Rick Bell, of St. Catharines.
    Textmysterycomment     Richard and Iris (Sloman) Bell are pictured on the grounds of unknown gardens, possibly in Niagara Falls, on their wedding day in 1939. This photo was among the family memorabilia ...
  • Lizzie Sloman with Ab and son in London, Ontario [n.d.]
    Textmystery       A black and white photograph of Lizzie Sloman, with two men identified on the reverse as Ab (left) and son (right). The photograph is not dated but is recorded as being taken in London, Ontario. It appears the photo marks some occasion, as one gentleman is in full uniform, while ...
    Textmystery     A black and white photograph of Lizzie Sloman, with two men identified on the reverse as Ab (left) and son (right). The photograph is not dated but is recorded as ...
  • Photograph of Robert Bell, Airborne Regiment, World War II [n.d.]
    Textmystery       A photograph of Robert Bell (kneeling, front row, third left) with his airborne regiment in the Second World War. The date and location of the photo is unknown. This photograph was among those recovered from the attic of Iris Sloman Bell, of St. Catharines, in the 1980s and kept in ...
    Textmystery     A photograph of Robert Bell (kneeling, front row, third left) with his airborne regiment in the Second World War. The date and location of the photo is unknown. This photograph ...
  • Richard Nelson Bell - Iris Sloman Wedding Day Photo, 1939
    Textmysterycomment       A black and white photograph taken in 1939 on the occasion of the marriage of Richard Nelson Bell to Iris Sloman. Pictured in the photograph, from left to right, are: Bert Sloman; Richard Nelson Bell; Iris Sloman Bell; and Helen Beatty Sloman. This photograph was in the possession of Rick ...
    Textmysterycomment     A black and white photograph taken in 1939 on the occasion of the marriage of Richard Nelson Bell to Iris Sloman. Pictured in the photograph, from left to right, are: ...
  • Bell - Sloman Wedding Day Photo, 1939
    Textmystery       This photograph was taken on the wedding day of Richard Nelson Bell and Iris Sloman in 1939. Pictured in the photograph, from left, are: Charles Bell, father of Richard Nelson Bell; Josephine Sloman, mother of Iris; Richard Nelson Bell; Iris Sloman Bell; Mary Bell, mother of Richard Nelson Bell; and ...
    Textmystery     This photograph was taken on the wedding day of Richard Nelson Bell and Iris Sloman in 1939. Pictured in the photograph, from left, are: Charles Bell, father of Richard Nelson ...
  • Charles Henry Bell, St. Catharines [n.d.]
    Text       Charles Henry Bell is pictured in this undated black and white photograph outside a house on Geneva St. in St. Catharines, Ontario. In 1894, Charles Bell married Mary E. Tyrell. and they had eight children. Charles Bell ran an ice and coal business in St. Catharines in the early 1900s. ...
    Text     Charles Henry Bell is pictured in this undated black and white photograph outside a house on Geneva St. in St. Catharines, Ontario. In 1894, Charles Bell married Mary E. Tyrell. ...
  • Mildred Sloman [ n.d.]
    Textmystery       Mildred Sloman, dressed in uniform, is pictured here in this undated black and white snapshot, likely taken in the early 1940s. The Sloman family is descended from former American slaves who settled in Canada. This photograph was among the family memorabilia in the possession of Rick Bell, of St. Catharines, ...
    Textmystery     Mildred Sloman, dressed in uniform, is pictured here in this undated black and white snapshot, likely taken in the early 1940s. The Sloman family is descended from former American slaves ...
  • Lizzie and Sid Sloman, London, Ontario [n.d.]
    Textmystery       An undated black and white photograph of Lizzie and Sid Sloman, taken outside a home in London, Ontario. This photo was in the possession of the Rick Bell, of St. Catharines, whose mother was Iris Sloman Bell. The Sloman - Bell family ancestry includes escaped slaves from the United States ...
    Textmystery     An undated black and white photograph of Lizzie and Sid Sloman, taken outside a home in London, Ontario. This photo was in the possession of the Rick Bell, of St. ...
  • Roy and Shirley (Sloman) Johnson [n.d]
    Textmystery       Roy and Shirley (Sloman) Johnson pose in this black and white photograph set in an unknown location. The Sloman - Bell ancestry includes former Black slaves from the United States who escaped to Canada.
    Textmystery     Roy and Shirley (Sloman) Johnson pose in this black and white photograph set in an unknown location. The Sloman - Bell ancestry includes former Black slaves from the United States ...
  • Josephine and Albert Sloman at the Beach [n.d.]
    Textmystery       Josephine and Albert Sloman are pictured in this undated black and white photograph. The beach location is unknown. This photo was among the Sloman - Bell family memorabilia in the possession of Rick Bell, grandson of Josephine and Albert. The family is descended from Black slaves who escaped from the ...
    Textmystery     Josephine and Albert Sloman are pictured in this undated black and white photograph. The beach location is unknown. This photo was among the Sloman - Bell family memorabilia in the ...
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Black / African Canadian History


Collection of records from the Richard Bell Family Fonds at Brock University c.1850 to 1950.