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The Amherstburg Freedom Museum Presents “A Night At Club 277”

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Join us on Wednesday April 21st, 2021 at 7pm for A Night at Club 277, featuring Juno Award Winning Singer, Liberty Silver live on our YouTube and Facebook pages. The evening’s program also includes a dance performance from Jolie and Company, and a virtual silent auction which features a variety amazing prizes.

This event is FREE to the public to attend virtually and is being hosted on our Facebook (@AmherstburgFreedom) and YouTube pages on April 21st, at 7pm. While the event is free to attend, we are asking people to consider donating to the museum through our website www.amherstburgfreedom.org/donate.

The silent auction, featuring lots of great prizes begins on April 17th and goes until April 22nd at noon. Visit www.AFMClub277.givesmart.com to view our auction items and place bids starting April 17th, 2021.

A Night At Club 277 is generously sponsored by James H. Sutton Funeral Home and Thrasher Sales & Leasing. The program is made possible by the generous support of Solid Foundation Chiropractic.

MK WhelanThe Amherstburg Freedom Museum Presents “A Night At Club 277”
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AFM Virtual Art Auction

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Showcasing the talented artists and art work that has been generously donated for our virtual art auction fundraiser.

Bidding begins on Thursday February 25th.

Title: Fresh Catch

Medium: acrylic

Measurements: 9″x12″

Lois Larkin was born in Niagara Falls, New York and at the age of 7 moved to Windsor with her family. Lois earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Windsor, majoring in Fine Art History, and following graduation became an elementary school teacher and librarian. Lois is now retired and devotes her time to story telling through representational painting. She is also a member of The Artists of Colour which was formed in 2008 and includes Black artists who, according to their website, use the visual and oral language of art to share their history. According to Lois her art piece “Fresh Catch” was taken on the Grand River in Caledonia, Ontario.

Title: Ribbons of Quebec

Medium: acrylic

Measurements: 8″x16″

Lois Larkin was born in Niagara Falls, New York and at the age of 7 moved to Windsor with her family. Lois earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Windsor, majoring in Fine Art History, and following graduation became an elementary school teacher and librarian. Lois is now retired and devotes her time to story telling through representational painting. She is also a member of The Artists of Colour which was formed in 2008 and includes Black artists who, according to their website, use the visual and oral language of art to share their history.

Title: Chillin

Medium: acrylic

Lana Talbot was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, and her creative talents include drawing, painting, designing and sewing, in addition to flower arranging and creating heritage dolls. At St. Clair College, Lana studied interior design and architectural drawing in the Interior Design program which was led by another artist who has donated a work of art for our auction, Patricia Neely-McCurdy. Lana is also the Vice-President of The Artists of Colour which was formed in 2008 and includes Black artists who, according to their website, use the visual and oral language of art to share their history. The Artist of Colour website also shares that Lana’s “portraits reveal the soul of the people she paints.”

Donated By Donated by Lana Talbot

Painting Description:

The first Black President of the United States of America.

This is a picture of the president giving his inaugural address as he became the 44th president of the United States of America. The picture shows how he rose above the clouds of adversity to stand tall, with a saint like quality, thus the halo around his head looking up to guide his country to a brighter future.

Bio: Patricia is a mother of four children, a designer, a historian, a teacher, an artist, and an author. Patricia earned a B.S. degree in Interior Design and a Masters in Housing and environmental Design from Michigan State University and there became a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She is a retired professor from St. Clair College after 25 year of service. At St. Clair she developed the curriculum for the Interior Design Program. The program was recognized by the designs societies and leading design schools in the U.S. and Canada. She was the first Black woman to develop a major program at the College.

Patricia served on the 1970’s Black History committee of the Board of Education whose purpose was to get Black History into the education curriculum. She served as a founding member of the North American Black History Museum and became exhibit designer and later Vice President. She is past president of the Hour A Day Study Club, a member of the Essex County Black History Society, and a member of Black Woman of forward Action working for Black History in the Educational system.

Patricia is the Author of the book The Houses of Buxton, A Legacy of African Influences in Architecture. Patricia creates original textile pattern designs based on African Influences for home furnishing manufactures. She has displayed her art work with The Artist of Colour.

Dimensions: 9 x 12 inches
Title: Searching
Medium: Acrylic

Dolores Harold received her early education in Chatham, Ontario. After moving to Detroit she began her professional career as an art teacher in the Detroit Public Schools system. She early retired from the field of education to get credentialed as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Dolores has exhibited her work at the Mackenzie Hall Cultural Centre in Windsor, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Kayrod Gallery, the Swords and Plowshares Gallery in Detroit and the Kerry Town Concert Hall in Ann Arbor.

Painting Details:

Title: Still life #5 “Green glass jar”
Medium: acrylic on canvas Measures: 20″ x 24″

 

Artist Bio: LaSalle Artist, Dennis K. Smith, grew up in Harrow, Ontario, and his artistic talents include drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, music, and play writing. Dennis also teaches art lessons and is the President of The Artists of Colour which was formed in 2008 and includes Black artists who, according to their website, use the visual and oral language of art to share their history. If you’ve been to the Amherstburg Freedom Museum, you will have seen his artwork with the theme of Emancipation Day on display. According to Dennis “”I believe that art is capable of engaging and enriching the spirit of man. Through art mankind overcomes the barrier of the spoken language and speaks a visual dialogue that is birth from the heart. I strive to convey a greater appreciation of my subject by shifting the perception of what many view as ordinary, and hopefully elevate it to art. To accomplish this, I am not challenged to render an exact likeness, but endeavor to artistically react to what I am seeing and feeling about my subject then visually and emotionally transferring that response to the viewer.”

Shelly Davis was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. She is a retired Nurse and started painting 11 months ago after the loss of a loved one and when COVID-19 restrictions stopped her from participating in her usual activities. She is self taught and is really enjoying her new-found talent this late in life.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fiona Doyle-Hunt is an amateur embroidery artist located in LaSalle, Ontario. Having been taught to embroider as a child by her mother, portrait painter Diana L. Doyle, Doyle-Hunt was recently inspired to return to the art through a gift of embroidery from her son. She uses the art of hand stitching to create work that champions intersectional feminism and social justice. Her art is influenced by her worldview and she enjoys using this traditionally viewed “women’s work” to create pieces that honour women and make political statements. She works in second-hand, vintage and repurposed textiles.

Barn Quilt is blue, black, and white. 4foot x 4foot .

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Joint Black History Month Kick-Off 2021

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The eighth 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 29th at 7:00 p.m. virtually via zoom. To participate please register via Eventbrite!

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Black History Month

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The 2021 Windsor-Essex Black History Month Activity Schedule activity schedule will be officially launched January 29th, 2021 and updated regularly online. Please visit this page for the latest and most accurate information.

Keep up to date on 2021 Black History Month events happening in Windsor-Essex County

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 eighth 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 29th at 7:00 p.m. virtually via zoom. To participate please register via Eventbrite!

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Christmas At The Museum

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INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PARTICPATE LOCATED BELOW

Join us on Wednesday, December 9th at 7pm on our Facebook or YouTube page for CHRISTMAS AT THE MUSEUM with Joyful Sounds of the Season!

The evening’s program will be hosted by AFM Director Dr. Brenda McCurdy and will feature The New Life Fellowship Praise Team with Musical Director Steve Riley and Renee King-Jackson with additional performances from Brett Logan and Black Kids in Action. Win prizes through our online raffle and wine pull fundraisers on joyfulsounds.givesmart.com

This event is free to watch, but we ask that you consider donating on our website.

Christmas at the Museum is generously sponsored by Detroit Memorial Park Association and Dollars and Cents Investment Inc. Program made possible by Dr. Brock VanDyke of Solid Foundation Chiropractic. We hope you will share in the holiday spirit with us!

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PARTICPATE LOCATED BELOW


Instructions On How To Watch And Participate:

Facebook Instructions:

  1. If you have a Facebook account please login, and click this link
  2. If you do not have a Facebook account you can watch the program on our YouTube page by clicking this link
  3. The Facebook link will take you to our Christmas At The Museum event page where you will be able to watch the video at 7pm
  4. There will be a countdown five minutes before the program starts 7pm
  5. The video should automatically start, but if it does not please refresh your page and you should be able to see the video
  6. You can interact with the video as the program begins, by liking and commenting – we welcome all your participation!
  7. Once the program is done, feel free to close your browser at your convenience

Youtube Instructions: 

  1. If you do not have a Facebook you can watch the Christmas At The Museum program on our YouTube by clicking this link
  2. The YouTube link will take you to our YouTube page
  3. There will be a countdown five minutes before the program starts 7pm
  4. The video should automatically start, but if it does not please refresh your page and you should be able to see the video
  5. Once the program is done, feel free to close your browser at your convenience

GiveSmart Instructions:

  1. To participate in the Prize Raffle and Wine Pull visit www.joyfulsounds.givesmart.com
  2.  If you are a new user, please register to participate. There is a button under the sponsor banner, or you can click the link at the top right hand corner.
  3. You will be asked to input your address, contact information and credit card information to participate
  4. Please fill out all required information
  5. Once the information is submitted you should be redirected back to the givesmart event home page
  6. Click on “view items” to see the Raffle and Wine Pull offerings

Raffle Instructions:

  1. There are two purchasing options for the Raffle
  2. They are located at the top left, and will appear as a red icon ($10/5 tickets) and green icon ($20/15)
  3. To purchase, click the selection of your choosing
  4. After clicking either the red or green icon, you will be shown images of the Raffle prizes to be won, with a list of prizes and the Raffle rules of play
  5. If you have registered and logged in, you should see the option to purchase the tickets below the images of the prizes on the left hand side
  6. You can input the number of tickets you would like to purchase under the heading “Enter The Number To Buy”
  7. Type in the number of tickets to buy. REMEMBER!! Each number of tickets represents either 5 tickets (red icon) or 15 tickets (green). For example if you want to buy 40 Raffle tickets, enter 2 as the quantity when you are purchasing your Raffle tickets after clicking the green icon. If for example you want to purchase 10 Raffle tickets, enter 2 as the quantity when you are purchasing your Raffle tickets after clicking the red icon.
  8. Once you have decided how many tickets to purchase, click “Buy”
  9. You will be redirected to a new screen that gives you the option to keep browsing to purchase more items or to complete the purchase and buy the items now
  10. If you click “Pay Now” you will be redirected to an itemized list of your purchase, and at the bottom of that list the option to “Click Here To Pay”
  11. Once you click the “Click Here To Pay” button you will be asked to confirm, and please click to pay for your purchases
  12. If you are not redirected to either the “Home” page or “Items” page you can click “Home” or “Items” at the navigation bar at the top left hand corner
  13. If you clicked “Keep Browsing” you will be returned to the items page where you can continue to either browse or purchase more items

Wine Pull Instructions: 

  1. Once registered or logged in, click the button the says “View Items’
  2. You will be redirected to the “Items” page where you will see a variety of gift bags that contain a random bottle of wine
  3. After browsing, click the bag you would like to purchase
  4. You will be redirected to a new page showing you a larger image of the wine gift bag, as well as images of the entire selection that is offered. Please note you will only receive the random bottle of wine in the bag you have selected, not the entire selection.
  5. You will also see a listing of the entire selection of wine
  6. Once you are ready to purchase, click “Buy”
  7. You will be redirected to a new screen that gives you the option to keep browsing to purchase more items or to complete the purchase and buy the items now
  8. If you click “Pay Now” you will be redirected to an itemized list of your purchase, and at the bottom of that list the option to “Click Here To Pay”
  9. Once you click the “Click Here To Pay” button you will be asked to confirm, and please click to pay for your purchases
  10. If you are not redirected to either the “Home” page or “Items” page you can click “Home” or “Items” at the navigation bar at the top left hand corner
  11. If you clicked “Keep Browsing” you will be returned to the items page where you can continue to either browse or purchase more items
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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.

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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.

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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.

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