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Canada Summer Jobs

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Amherstburg Freedom Museum is looking for summer students! The Amherstburg Freedom Museum is looking for students to work at the Museum this summer. We are hiring (2) Tour Guide & Curators Assistant positions and (1) Collection Assistant & Tour Guide position. In order to apply applicants must meet eligibility requirements set by Canada Summer Jobs.

The deadline to apply is May 24, 2019. Preference will be given to members of a visible minority and fluent in both official languages, but all applicants will be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter and resume to curator@amherstburgfreedom.org.

For more information about each position, click the links below.

Canada Summer Jobs eligibility requirements:

CSJ 2019 includes new expanded eligibility to include all youth aged 15 to 30, which means youth who are not students are now also eligible

  • Applicant must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • Applicant must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
  • Applicant must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations
  • International students are not eligible participants. International students include anyone who is temporarily in Canada for studies and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada.
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Mac Simpson Award 2019

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Attention Essex County High School Students!

The submission deadline for eligible students to apply for the Mac Simpson Award is Monday June 10, 2019.

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 2019 on a full-time basis.

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

The Mac Simpson 2019 Award Application is available for download below!

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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.

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Ribs and Ragtime:
An Evolution of Freedom

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With the “8th Annual Ribs and Ragtime” just around the corner and having attended the past seven, I was asked about the historical relevance of this event.  I found myself grappling for a cohesive description, but realized the debut of Ribs and Ragtime had been “kept in incubation” for years.  In 2001, it was conceived from the historical role of the Detroit River communities of Essex County in the celebration of the founding of Detroit, coined Detroit 300.  From this, two companion monuments, along the Detroit River, were erected to symbolize the cooperation of freedom seeking activities between Canada and the US.

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An Evolution of Freedom
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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.

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Early Highlights:
The Hour-A-Day Study Club

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In the midst of the Depression, a group of black women, all married, all mothers, met at Ardella Jacobs’ home in Windsor to form the Hour-A-Day Study club. As the name suggests, the women pledged themselves to devote an hour a day to individual reading and analysis, the better to fortify themselves, their children, and their community.

David Van DykeEarly Highlights:
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