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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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Amherstburg Community Foundation

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The Amherstburg Freedom Museum’s Freedom Achievers Initiative includes a mentoring program that uses inspirational bio-summaries of successful achievers, combined with sessions where mentors can provide insight into career options and interact with mentees.

To take the initiative even further and use our story telling expertise we would also host a speaker series called “Freedom Achievers” that welcomes at least four high-profile diverse community builders to discuss the challenges they faced in their effort to achieve freedom in the 21st Century and how they challenged issues such as racism, gender inequality and homophobia to create positive change.

We are thrilled that our Freedom Achievers Speaker Series will kick off with Dwane Casey, the Coach of the Detroit Pistons, but we need your help to make this happen.  Even the smallest donation can help us get to our goal of $39,000.  Let’s work together to create a path to success for the youth of Essex County.


To donate go to – OR/

Lorene BridgenAmherstburg Community Foundation
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