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Family Histories

Black History – Universal Inspiration

Have you ever considered looking into your family history? The Amherstburg Freedom Museum is here to help. We have the resources you need to get started on tracing your family roots. Each month, we are going to highlight a family from the museum’s Family History Collection.
There will be a series of posts, one per week, which tells you information about the month’s highlighted family. If you have a suggested family you would like to see highlighted, please let us know!

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Black History – Universal Inspiration

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Facebook Live Black History Presentations

Every month the Amherstburg Freedom Museum has been hosting Black History Facebook Live presentations. In case you missed it you can watch all of our presentations below. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for upcoming presentations at AmherstburgFreedom

Facebook Live Presentation: “Black Children and Interracial Adoption Policy in Canada.”

Every month the Amherstburg Freedom Museum has been hosting Black History Facebook Live presentations. In case you missed it you can watch all of our presentations below. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for upcoming presentations at AmherstburgFreedom

On July 8th 2021, we hosted the presentation “Black Children and Interracial Adoption Policy in Canada.” presented by guest speaker University of Windsor Master’s Student, Willow Key.

Click to watch Willow’s presentation.

Facebook Live Presentation: “Reading the Voice of the Bondsman: J.J.E. Linton and the Black Press in Canada”

Every month the Amherstburg Freedom Museum has been hosting Black History Facebook Live presentations. In case you missed it you can watch all of our presentations below. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for upcoming presentations at AmherstburgFreedom

On June 24th, 2021, we hosted the presentation “Reading the Voice of the Bondsman: J.J.E. Linton and the Black Press in Canada” presented by guest speaker Dr. Nina Reid-Maroney from the History Department at Huron University College.

Click to watch Dr. Reid-Maroney’s presentation.

Facebook Live Presentation: The HADSC: The Preservation of Culture, Heritage and Black Feminist Thought in Windsor/Essex County

Every month the Amherstburg Freedom Museum has been hosting Black History Facebook Live presentations. In case you missed it you can watch all of our presentations below. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for upcoming presentations at AmherstburgFreedom

On May 27th, 2021, we hosted the presentation “The Hour-A-Day Study Club: The Preservation of Culture, Heritage and Black Feminist Thought in Windsor/Essex County since 1934″ presented by The Hour-A-Day Study Club President, Marium Tolson-Murtty, PhD(s), BA (Hons), BEd, MEd, OCT.

Click to watch Marium’s presentation.

Facebook Live Presentation: “The Story of John Freeman”

Every month the Amherstburg Freedom Museum has been hosting Black History Facebook Live presentations. In case you missed it you can watch all of our presentations below. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for upcoming presentations at AmherstburgFreedom

On March 25th, 2021, we hosted PhD Student Leon Bates who shared “The Story of John Freeman” LIVE on our Facebook page. Note: John Freeman is not the same person as John Freeman Walls.

Click to watch Leon’s presentation.

Facebook Live Presentation: “Liberatory Pedagogies: Black Women Teachers in Ontario

Every month the Amherstburg Freedom Museum has been hosting Black History Facebook Live presentations. In case you missed it you can watch all of our presentations below. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for upcoming presentations at AmherstburgFreedom

On January 19th, 2021 we hosted Dr. Funké Aladejebi who will present “Liberatory Pedagogies: Black Women Teachers in Ontario. Click to watch Dr. Aladejebi’s presentation.

Facebook Live Presentation: “Remembering Military Courage Through Confrontation”

Every month the Amherstburg Freedom Museum has been hosting Black History Facebook Live presentations. In case you missed it you can watch all of our presentations below. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for upcoming presentations at AmherstburgFreedom

On November 6th we hosted Curator Emeritus and African Canadian Historian Elise Harding-Davis who gave the presentation “Remembering Military Courage Through Confrontation” Click to watch Elise’s presentation.

Facebook Live Presentation: “One Too Many: Africans Enslaved in Essex County”

Every month the Amherstburg Freedom Museum has been hosting Black History Facebook Live presentations. In case you missed it you can watch all of our presentations below. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for upcoming presentations at AmherstburgFreedom

On October 22nd, we hosted PhD Candidate, African Canadian Historian and President of the Ontario Black History Society who gave the presentation “One Too Many: Africans Enslaved in Essex County.” Click to watch Natasha’s presentation.

Facebook Live Presentation: “Establishing Black Power Settlements on Canadian Soil – From The East Coast to the West Coast,”

Every month the Amherstburg Freedom Museum has been hosting Black History Facebook Live presentations. In case you missed it you can watch all of our presentations below. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for upcoming presentations at AmherstburgFreedom

On August 13th, we hosted Rainford Cornish who gave the presentation “Establishing Black Power Settlements on Canadian Soil – From The East Coast to the West Coast.” Click to watch Rainford’s presentation.

Facebook Live Presentation: “Emancipation in Windsor: Celebrating Black Activism and Achievement.”

Every month the Amherstburg Freedom Museum has been hosting Black History Facebook Live presentations. In case you missed it you can watch all of our presentations below. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for upcoming presentations at AmherstburgFreedom

On July 31st, we hosted Essex County Black Historical Research Society President and  Historian Irene Moore Davis for her presentation “Emancipation in Windsor: Celebrating Black Activism and Achievement.” Click to watch Irene’s presentation.

Facebook Live Presentation: “The Forgotten History of the Contribution of Black Slaves and Soldiers to the Building of Canada, 1604-1945”

Every month the Amherstburg Freedom Museum has been hosting Black History Facebook Live presentations. In case you missed it you can watch all of our presentations below. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for upcoming presentations at AmherstburgFreedom

On June 19th, we hosted Dr. Amadou Ba who gave the presentation “The Forgotten History of the Contribution of Black Slaves and Soldiers to the Building of Canada, 1604-1945.” Click to watch Dr. Ba’s presentation.

Facebook Live Presentation: “Borderlands & River Crossers: Re-Examining Freedom & Safe Havens in Upper Canada.”

Every month the Amherstburg Freedom Museum has been hosting Black History Facebook Live presentations. In case you missed it you can watch all of our presentations below. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for upcoming presentations at AmherstburgFreedom

On May 8th, we hosted PhD Candidate and Fulbright Researcher, Maria Esther Hammack who gave the presentation “Borderlands & River Crossers: Re-Examining Freedom & Safe Havens in Upper Canada.” Click to watch Maria’s presentation.

Exhibitions

Overview

The Museum consists of two historical buildings, both from the time of the Underground Railroad: the Taylor Log Cabin, which was one the home of a formerly enslaved people, and Nazrey A.M.E. Church, National Historic Site of Canada. The site also contains a museum structure which houses the permanent exhibit and the Cultural Centre (used for the purpose of temporary exhibits, meetings, and rentals). Core programming includes both self-guided and guided tours of these buildings, educational programming for schools and other groups, and the showcasing of artifacts and exhibits which tell the story of African Canadians. The Museum also presents cultural events including Ribs & Ragtime, Emancipation Dinner & Dance and Golf Classic, and Christmas at the Black Museum. These events use music, a powerful educator, to showcase Black history and culture.

Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church

National Historic Site

Built in 1848, the Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church was a terminus of the Underground Railroad, built by hand to serve Amherstburg’s growing Black community.  Many people fleeing slavery and oppressed Blacks first felt true freedom within her walls.

It is named after Bishop Nazery, who led many congregations, including this one, from the American-based AME Church Conference into the new Canadian-based British Methodist Episcopal Church.  The denomination flourished until the late 19th century when many dwindling congregations consolidated and reunited with the AME Church.

After crossing the Detroit River to Amherstburg, which is one of the narrowest Detroit River points of entry, these individuals became people in a nation, where they were recognized and respected, some perhaps for the first time, as human beings.

Upon arrival in Amherstburg they found that Nazrey played a significant role in their new lives, offing itself as an interim resting place until permanent housing could be found.  The church also served as a school to educate those who had been denied that privilege, and social centre where numerous everyday skills would be taught.

This evocative stone chapel speaks to the faith of the Underground Railroad refugees and to their commitment to build lives as free Canadians.  The Nazrey A.M.E. Church is now a treasured National Historic site.

Overview

Talking Drum