Amherstburg Freeedom Museum Re-Opening July 28th


The Amherstburg Freedom Museum would like to thank our supporters for their patience as we re-open, and to check out our Facebook page and website to read more about our re-entry protocols.

Please note: Mask wearing is mandatory, but exceptions can be made following orders from the Windsor Essex County Health Unit. Which includes children under five, those experiencing breathing issues, those who cannot safely wear a face covering due to medical reasons, and for religious reasons.

We are re-opening on July 28th, and we can’t wait for you to visit!

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Mac Simpson Award 2020

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Attention Essex County High School Students!

The submission deadline for eligible students to apply for the Mac Simpson Award is Wednesday June 10, 2020 the deadline has been extended to Wednesday June, 24th.

The Mac Simpson Award is given annually to at least one student of African descent who is currently attending a secondary school in the Essex County region and will be commencing post-secondary studies in September 2020 on a full-time basis.

If eligible please forward completed applications to Applicants are also welcome to mail or drop applications off to the Amherstburg Freedom Museum (277 King Street, Amherstburg).

The Mac Simpson 2020 Award Application is available for download below!

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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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Black History Month


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.

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