“Moving Forward While Looking Back: An Emancipation Celebration Panel Discussion” brings together an amazing panel of community leaders including Elise Harding-Davis, Clayton Talbert Sr., Nancy Allen, Lois Larkin, Janice Harris, Cecil & Joan Smith, Lana Talbot, Ron Jones, and Wilbur Mulder. They will each share their recollections of past Emancipation Day Celebrations that occurred throughout Essex County. This event will happen on Thursday, August 26th at 1pm. Once registered, a link will be sent to you.
Lorene BridgenMoving Forward While Looking Back: An Emancipation Celebration Panel Discussion
Mark your calendars! The Amherstburg Freedom Museum is having its Annual Community Meeting on Saturday, June 19th at 11:30-12pm. The meeting will happen online and once you register for the event a link to join our virtual ACM will be emailed to you.
Are you looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for friends and family? We’re here to help! The Amherstburg Freedom Museum is offering this embossed bag tag that features the Amherstburg Freedom Museum logo. Put it on your luggage, golf bag, backpack or purse. The possibilities are endless!
All you have to do is give a donation of $35 and this bag tag will be yours, along with a $15 tax receipt. The tag has a brown leather strap and a nickel medallion with the Amherstburg Freedom Museum logo surrounded by a border of leather. The medallion with surrounding leather (not including the strap) measures 88.9mm x 77.6mm.
To order, please call 519-736-5433. Quantities are limited! Happy shopping!
Deborah Brown tells the true story of her heroic flight from a life of slavery in Maryland to her new life of freedom in 19th-century Toronto. This video presentation was created by Parks Canada in partnership with the Ontario Black History Society and the Royal Ontario Museum.
Sharing Our Stories
Listen as Fred Johnson recalls the history of his family, told to him by his father about his grandfather, Gabriel Timberlake, who was enslaved in Kentucky.
An abolitionist working as an overseer suggested Timberlake, then 19 years old, run away with others who were planning an escape. Aided by Quakers and supporters, the young man chose to risk his life like so many others, in a bid for freedom. They followed the north star by wagon, foot and boat, determined to elude bounty hunters and slave catchers until they crossed the Detroit River to Amherstburg.
Learn more about our history at #Amherstburg Freedom Museum.
Listen to Kimberly Simmons tell the history of her great great great grandmother, Caroline Quarlls Watkins, the first Underground Railroad “passenger” in Wisconsin who made it to freedom in Canada.
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.