Keep up to date on 2019 Black History Month events happening in Windsor-Essex County
The 2019 Windsor-Essex Black History Month Activity Schedule activity schedule will be officially launched February 1, 2019 and updated regularly online. Please visit this page for the latest and most accurate information.
Essex County is rich in Black history. Canadians of African descent have played important roles in the cultural, political, social, and economic progress of our communities. Our region has been populated by people of African descent from the 18th century, when free Black Loyalists as well as enslaved Africans were among the area’s early residents; to the 19th century when formerly enslaved African Americans and free people of colour streamed into this area by the thousands, fleeing either bondage or oppression; to the modern era when immigrants from the continent of Africa and the Caribbean made this region their new home.
Stay tuned for some of the Black History Month events happening around our region!
The sixth annual Windsor-Essex Joint Black History Month Kickoff, an event co-hosted by the Essex County Black Historical Research Society, the Windsor West Indian Association, and the Amherstburg Freedom Museum, will be taking place on Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Caribbean Centre, 2410 Central Avenue in Windsor.
Ring in the holiday season with the Amherstburg Freedom Museum! The annual Christmas at the Museum concert is taking place December 12th at 7:00 p.m., in the Nazrey A.M.E Church National Historic Site.
Come and join us for a warm and friendly celebration of the Christmas Season with special musical guest Brynda and Company! The hour and a half program is sprinkled with traditional songs of the season and heart warming carols to start the holiday season off right! A dessert buffet will be served following the concert. Please bring a canned good which will be donated to the Amherstburg Mission.
Please purchase your tickets in advance as seating is limited, by contacting the Museum by phone at 519.736.5433 or online!
In 1964 I returned to Amherstburg – the town of my birth, and was disturbed by the Black awareness that haunted me. There existed so many negative features in the community such as, restricted housing, people without jobs, children poorly educated, poor living standards – and no one seemed to care.
As Emancipation Day approaches, it is worthwhile to reflect on the meaning that Emancipation once held for people in Windsor-Essex County and beyond. When people talk about the heyday of “the Greatest Freedom Show on Earth,” what they often describe is the annual parade, the midway carnival, the Miss Sepia Pageant, talent shows and of course the famous barbeque pit.