Vision, Mission, Objective
The location of the Museum is key; Amherstburg meant freedom, as the Canadian destination for many Freedom Seekers escaping slavery in the United States. Also included in the museum complex are Nazrey A.M.E. Church – national historic site and stop on the Underground Railroad, and the Taylor Log Cabin – home of George Taylor a formerly enslaved man and his family.
Founded by Betty and Melvin “Mac” Simpson, the museum was officially incorporated in 1975. It was their vision to promote the rich heritage of African Canadians, many of whose ancestors had come as refugees from enslavement in the United States. In 2015, the North American Black Historical Museum celebrated its 40th anniversary, and changed its name to the Amherstburg Freedom Museum, to emphasize its connection to people seeking freedom.
The “Underground Railroad”, as it became known, is commemorated at the Amherstburg Museum, so that we may all continue to seek solace and inspiration from what human beings can achieve when they offer an open hand of kindness to those driven by determination. History teaches us that tomorrow is but an opportunity to learn from yesterday. And so it is with the strength of dignity of the lessons of the past that we recognise how our mandate for the future has never been more pressing and more relevant.
We will vigorously champion the power of human beings to come together across the dividing lines of our societies. We will openly challenge those who limit the dreams of others through racial, economic, or social oppression. We will work tirelessly to scale and dismantle the barricades that prevent people from building new lives and new futures.
And we will defend the ideal of freedom for all.
The human fight against the division of 19th century society was the founding spirit of the creation of the Amherstburg Museum.
Today, this fight continues.
And so, we dedicate ourselves to ensuring that the memory of Amherstburg continues to inspire young men and women to come together, in empathy and solidarity, to demand, curate and shape their freedom.
And we do this because History is on our side.