Events

Journeys

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What: Journeys

When: Saturday, February 8th, 4pm.

Where: Amherstburg Freedom Museum

277 King Street, Amherstburg

Admission: Opening Reception is Free, donations are welcome!  

On Saturday, February 8th at 4p.m., the Amherstburg Freedom Museum in partnership with the Artists of Colour will host the exhibit opening for “Journeys”. Back by popular demand, “Journeys” features original works of art with new additions from a group of local Black artists who form the committee of the Artists of Colour. The event will feature live entertainment, providing accompaniment to the exhibit.

The art works chosen are part of the first stage of the “Journeys” Project which the Artists of Colour have begun to construct, will be an art exhibit that will celebrate and relay the story of Black enslavement and the long journey back to freedom. This exhibit will tell the story to all generations of the courage and determination of a people who refused to accept the degradation of slavery. White and Black stood up against the injustice and demoralization of slavery, risking their lives and livelihood opposing the injustice inflicted upon their brothers and sisters. They unselfishly dedicated their lives to the cause of liberty.

This exhibit is the first Stage of the “Journeys Project”, New Canaan Journey In Pursuit of Freedom –  shows how the Underground Railroad gave birth to the first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for social change within the United States and Canada. Between 1840 and 1860, before the American Civil War, once-enslaved Africans followed the North Star on the Underground Railroad to find freedom in Canada. That journey to freedom was long, dangerous and life-changing.

Please join us for the opening reception of “Journeys” at the Amherstburg Freedom Museum starting at 4pm, and enjoy light refreshments and live entertainment.

MK WhelanJourneys
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Black History Month

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Keep up to date on 2020 Black History Month events happening in Windsor-Essex County

The 2020 Windsor-Essex Black History Month Activity Schedule activity schedule will be officially launched January 31st, 2020 and updated regularly online. Please visit this page for the latest and most accurate information.

Click to Download A PDF of the latest version of the 2020 Windsor-Essex Black History Month Activity Schedule

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 seventh 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, January 31st at 7:00 p.m. at the Caribbean Centre, 2410 Central Avenue in Windsor.

MK WhelanBlack History Month
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Christmas At The Museum

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WE ARE SOLD OUT!!! Fantastic News! Christmas at the Museum is SOLD OUT!!! Thank you to our generous sponsors, Detroit Memorial Park Association and James H. Sutton Funeral Home, and to everyone who purchased a ticket. See you on December 11th!

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The annual Christmas at the Museum concert is taking place December 11th at 7p.m., in the Nazrey A.M.E Church National Historic Site.

A big thank you to our sponsors, Detroit Memorial Park Inc. and James H. Sutton Funeral home.

Come and join us for a warm and friendly celebration of the Christmas Season featuring TJN Experience. The hour and a half program is sprinkled with traditional songs of the season with Motown flair to start the holiday season off right! The evenings program will also feature a performance from the Black Kids In Action Performing Arts program!

A dessert buffet will be served following the concert. Please bring a canned good which will be donated to the Amherstburg Mission.

Tickets are limited. Get yours today!!

Please purchase your tickets in advance as seating is limited, for more information please contact the Museum by phone at 519.736.5433 or visit amherstburgfreedom.org.

MK WhelanChristmas At The Museum
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Mac Simpson’s Word ‘Prophetic’

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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.

Monty LoganMac Simpson’s Word ‘Prophetic’
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Emancipation Celebrations

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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.

BeckyEmancipation Celebrations
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