TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2016 /CNW/ - George Brown College announced today the new Lucie and Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre at their student residence, The George. Lucie and Thornton Blackburn settled in Toronto in the 1830s after fleeing slavery in the United States via the Underground Railroad. As community leaders, philanthropists and anti-slavery activists, the Blackburns also started Toronto's first taxi-cab company and were among the founders of the Trinity Church on King Street. Their family home was once located just across the street from the conference centre now named in their honour. "We are delighted to be honouring the important legacy of Lucie and Thornton Blackburn at our new conference centre," remarked Anne Sado, President of George Brown College. "The Blackburns were contemporaries of our namesake, George Brown, and together worked on anti-slavery initiatives. In many ways, their story mirrors our own commitment to supporting the aspirations of a remarkably diverse student body by instilling in them the values of entrepreneurship, activism and leadership." Located adjacent to the college's first student residence at Front and Cherry Streets in Corktown, the Lucie and Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre is open for bookings, featuring over 4,500 square feet, capacity for 217 people seated in a table format and a bar pre-function space as well as two separate meeting lounges. "This is a proud moment for all of us. The Blackburns' story teaches people of all backgrounds the values of courage and determination. The mural is a beautiful vehicle to share this narrative and the Conference Centre a collaborative space to promote the exchange of ideas." said, Nikki Clarke, President of the Ontario Black History Society (OBHS).