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Oops: St. Catharines, Ont., is spelled wrong in 'Harriet'

We can imagine the eyerolls from the other side of the border.

St. Catharines, Ont., is prominently featured in the new film "Harriet," which depicts the life of Harriet Tubman and is gaining lots of Oscar buzz.

When Tubman flees to St. Catharines after the Fugitive Slave Act is passed in 1850, an intertitle appears in the film that reads: "St. Catherines."


It's a common misspelling, but one that didn't go unnoticed for one Buffalo News copy editor in the movie theater.

Bonnie Helsop from also noticed the gaffe and reached out to the historian at the church in St. Catharines where Tubman worshipped. The historian said she reached out to filmmakers in hopes that the title card will be changed.

On behalf of our neighbors to the north, we hope so, too.

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