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.
The 2021 Windsor-Essex Black History Month Activity Schedule activity schedule will be officially launched January 29th, 2021 and updated regularly online. Please visit this page for the latest and most accurate information.
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 eighth 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 29th at 7:00 p.m. virtually via zoom. To participate please register via Eventbrite!
To Celebrate Black History Month the Amherstburg Freedom Museum invites the community to view a selection of recently acquired and rarely seen artifacts from the collection on display in ‘Rarely Seen.’ Rarely Seen showcases items that rarely get a turn in the spotlight and the stories they share. Like most museums, we only display a small fraction of our collection! It is important to open up our collection and bring out artifacts and archival materials that explore the deep connections to this area’s rich Black historical roots and its present day connections.
In addition to our temporary exhibit ‘Rarely Seen’, throughout February, the Museum will be offering $1 off admission for each person who can tell us what year the Nazrey AME church was built (1848) and by whom (people fleeing enslavement in the U.S).