Black History Month Guide 2017

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. To celebrate our heritage here are some of the Black History Month events happening around our region.

The Amherstburg Freedom Museum
February 1 – 28, 2017.
 $1 off admission per person to celebrate Black History Month!
In order to claim the discount, tell us when the Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church National Historic Site of Canada was built and by whom, when you purchase your ticket. This discount is only available in February and only if the correct response (in 1848 people fleeing American slavery built this church by hand to serve Amherstburg’s growing Black community) is given.

Hours of operation: Tues-Fri 12 pm – 5 pm, Sat & Sun 1 pm – 5 pm
normally $7.50/adult, $6.50/student or senior
277 King Street in Amherstburg

Black History Month Celebration
Friday, January 27, 2017. Join us for Black history highlights, poetry by Jessica Faught, drumming and poetry by Teajai Travis, music by acclaimed vocalist Amber Tomlin, and the release of the 2017 Black History Month activity schedule for Windsor-Essex. The event is hosted by the Essex County Black Historical Research Society, the Windsor West Indian Association, and the Amherstburg Freedom Museum with support from the City of Windsor Office of Cultural Affairs. The event is family-friendly and free to the public (although donations will be gratefully accepted.) We will publicly recognize the importance of Black History Month as well as to encourage the community to participate in the array of Black History Month events happening locally. For more information contact or (519) 890-4316.

7 pm, Free admission
519.890.4316 or
Caribbean Centre – 2410 Central Avenue, Windsor

New Exhibit! Road to Freedom and the Civil War
Tuesday, February 2, 2017 to Saturday, April 1, 2017 (Opening Celebrations February 18, 2017).
 Photographer Tod Ainslie has been documenting the sites associated with the Underground Railroad and the abolition of slavery with a pinhole camera. Despite the lack of a presence of people, the sites remain, and through them the important stories of these people and the events that happened can be told.
The Amherstburg Freedom Museum will also host a temporary exhibit from the Archives of Ontario which is a companion to the main exhibit, Family Ties: Ontario Turns 150. One of the four families featured is the McCurdy family.

Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm, $5 (Family Rate of $15)
Chimczuk Museum, 401 Riverside Dr. W., Windsor

Curator Talk and Tour – Road to Freedom and the Civil War
Tuesday, February 2, 2017.  Photographer Tod Ainslie will give a talk and tour about his exhibit documenting the sites associated with the Underground Railroad and the abolition of slavery with a pinhole camera.

7 pm, $5 (Family Rate of $15)
Chimczuk Museum, 401 Riverside Dr. W., Windsor

An Evening of Jazz
Friday, February 3, 2017.  Featuring Shahida Nurullah and Vaughn Klugh, with special guests Crissi Cochrane, Jackie Robitaille, and Soul Brother Mike.

7 pm,  Tickets: $15/adults, $10/seniors, $5/students
519.253.8001 or
All Saints’ Anglican Church – 330 City Hall Square, Windsor

Black History Month Tour and Lunch
Saturday, February 4, 2017. Beginning at 3176 Walker Road, meeting at the Amherstburg Freedom Museum for an 11:00 a.m. tour, then a lecture and tour at historic Amherstburg First Baptist Church, followed by a Nigerian lunch catered by Eden’s Hand Catering. Optional carpooling at 10:00 a.m. Hosted by Nigerian Canadians for Cultural Educational and Economic Progress.

10 am – 2 pm, $15
519.966.2767 or
Tour starts at 3176 Walker Road, Windsor

Black History in Essex County
Sunday, February 5, 2017. Local historian Irene Moore Davis presents some interesting highlights of “Black History in Essex County” during the Sunday morning service. All are welcome

10:30 am, Free admission
519.326.4352 or
Unitarian Universalist Church of Olinda – 2953 Olinda Side Road, Ruthven

AfroFest 2017
Monday, February 6 – Friday, February 10, 2017. The University of Windsor Students’ Alliance presents AfroFest 2017 at the University of Windsor. The theme is A Flash to the Future. AfroFest takes place every year to promote unity on campus, to celebrate the journey and progression of black history, as well as engaging in cross cultural exchange. The African Diaspora Festival of 2017, AfroFest, is a fusion of intellectual discussion, film, fashion, and artistic and musical talent.

Free admission
519.253.3000 x 4527 or Facebook: Afrofest UWindsor
University of Windsor – 401 Sunset Ave., Windsor

Black History Month Secret Codes in Quilts
Tuesdays in February, and Saturday February 8, 2017. Join us for stories, codes, and learning the basics of quilting. We are giving away fabrics and introducing you to projects you can sew; on some occasions participants will go to the tech hub and use their brand new sewing machine to complete projects. This activity has been designed for young people but all are welcome to participate.

Tuesdays 5 pm – 7 pm, Saturday Feb 8 2 pm – 4 pm
To register contact 519.255.6770 ext. 4579
Windsor Public Library – Central Branch – 850 Ouellette, Windsor

Position as Desired: Artists in Conversation
February 11, 2017. This panel discussion will bring together four artists, Anique J. Jordan, Jalani Morgan, Sandra Brewster and Kara Springer to discuss their work in the exhibition Position as Desired. Moderated by curator and collector Dr. Kenneth Montague, this conversation will explore the ways in which the artists consider the history, movement and experiences of African Canadians through contemporary photography.

2 pm – 4 pm, $5/AGW Members , $10/Non-members
Art Gallery of Windsor – 401 Riverside Drive West, Windsor

Position As Desired: Exploring African Canadian Identity / Photographs from the Wedge Collection
February 11 – May 7, 2017: Position As Desired: Exploring African Canadian Identity / Photographs from the Wedge Collection is the first major exhibition to examine the history, movement and experiences of African Canadians through contemporary photography. This touring exhibition was co-organized with the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto) where it first opened in 2010, before travelling to The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (Halifax) in 2013. Conceived and organized by Windsor-born art collector Kenneth Montague, the exhibition presents a wide variety of photographic works from his personal archive – the Wedge Collection – ranging from rare vintage portraits of the first African immigrants to Canada to contemporary works by established artists. Through works by established and emerging artists as well as a commissioned video work by the collective In the Black Canada – a video based on a series of interviews with members of Windsor’s Black community – the exhibition attempts to instigate a conversation about the experiences of African Canadians within the context of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Panel discussion 2 pm – 4 pm on Feb 11, 2017.

Operating Hours, 5/AGW Members , $10/Non-members
Art Gallery of Windsor – 401 Riverside Drive West, Windsor

See Yourself Here
Saturday February 11, 2017. Presented by The Black Law Students Association at the University of Windsor. Any young people who are curious about the legal profession are invited to come and learn about such topics as the law school admissions process, the LSAT test, what to expect in law school, how to finance law school (applying for grants and scholarships), and being Black in the legal profession. This event is free for all students. Snacks and lunch will be provided.

11:30 am
University of Windsor Faculty of Law

Black History Brunch
Sunday, February 12, 2017. The Windsor West Indian Association will host its annual Black History Brunch on Sunday, February 12th, featuring delicious Caribbean Cuisine.

12 pm – 5 pm, $20
Caribbean Centre – 2410 Central Avenue, Windsor

86th Annual Valentine Tea
Sunday, February 12, 2017. 
Ontario Chapel British Methodist Episcopal Church, one of Windsor’s oldest Black congregations, hosts the 86th Annual Valentine Tea, with speaker Lillian Thomas and special musical guests. For this event, parking is permitted on nearby streets surrounding the church without a permit. Come and see why this African Canadian community event has been a cherished annual tradition for more than eight decades.

3 pm – 6 pm, Donation
685 University Avenue East, Windsor

Early African Canadian Communities in Essex County
Monday, February 13, 2017. 
The Essex Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will celebrate Black History Month with guest speaker Irene Moore Davis from the Essex County Black Historical Research Society.

7 pm
Windsor Public Library (Lower Level)- 850 Ouellette, Windsor

Our Canadian Flag
Wednesday, February 15, 2017. The Northstar Cultural Community Centre presents a lunch and learn workshop on Our Canadian Flag for National Flag of Canada Day, , 12:00-2:00 p.m. Bring your own lunch; red and white desserts will be provided at no cost. Wear red and white to win a prize! Learn fun facts about our flag.

12 pm – 2 pm
The Northstar Cultural Community Centre – 225A Erie Street E., Windsor

Mary Jane Brown: Freedom Denied
Thursday, February 16, 2017. Historians Bryan and Shannon Prince present “Mary Jane Brown: Freedom Denied” at the February monthly meeting of the Essex County Black Historical Research Society. Hear the story of three generations of masters and their three generations of slave women who each lived their lives betrayed by promises of freedom denied over half a century… and a fascinating connection to Amherstburg. The presentation is free to the public and all are welcome.

7 pm, Free admission
United Way Centraide Windsor-Essex County – 300 Giles Blvd. E., Windsor

5th Annual Black History Month Celebration
Friday, February 18, 2017. The African Community Organization of Windsor will host its 5th Annual Black History Month Celebration. African entrée and Caboto club menu, cash bar, African music and other entertainment, awards presentation and special guest speaker. All proceeds will benefit ACOW’s community outreach programs.

6 pm, $45
Caboto Club – 2175 Parent Ave., Windsor

Open House
Saturday, February 18, 2017. 
The Local History/Family History Room at the Windsor Public Library will host an open house. The Local History/Family History Room is a combined collection of the Windsor Public Library’s local history and genealogy and the Essex County Branch of The Ontario Genealogical Society’s Family History Collection materials. Come and learn how you can make use of all the available resources.

1 pm – 5 pm
Windsor Public Library –  850 Ouellette Avenue

Black History Month Trivia Contest
Saturday, February 18, 2017. 
The Windsor Public Library presents the Annual Black History Month Trivia Contest in the Central Children’s Learning Centre. Who is Viola Desmond, Harry Jerome, Michaelle Jean, Christopher Paul Curtis, Portia White, Elijah McCoy, and Mary Ann Shadd? If you think you know, join us for a fun afternoon of games and discovery in our annual Library Live Children’s Club Black History Month Trivia.

2 pm – 4 pm
519.255.6770 ext. 4579.
Windsor Public Library –  850 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor

Black History in the Local Region
Wednesday, February 22, 2017. 
Local historian Nancy Allen of the Northstar Cultural Community Centre will visit the Windsor Public Library, Budimir Branch to offer a presentation regarding Black history in the local region.

6 pm – 7 pm
519.255.6770 ext. 3300
Windspr Public Library –  Budimir Branch –  1310 Grand Marais Road West, Windsor

Stamp It!
Thursday, February 23, 2017. Come and witness the unveiling of the 2017 Canada Post Black History Month stamp and view an exhibit of former Canada Post Black History Month stamp notables such as Ferguson (Fergy) Jenkins.

2 pm – 3 pm & 5 pm – 6 pm
Northstar Cultural Community Centre –  225A Erie St. E.

Amherstburg First Baptist Church Open House
Friday, February 24, 2017. Everyone is welcome for an open house at historic Amherstburg First Baptist Church. Come and tour this historic site featuring the church building built in in 1849 for a congregation that has been active since 1836.

4 pm – 5:45 pm
519.736.4646 or
Amherstburg First Baptist Church – 232 George Street, Amherstburg

Joint Black History Month Event
Friday, February 24, 2017.  All are welcome when Amherstburg church congregations host a joint Black History Month event featuring local historians showcasing historic African Canadians and valuable allies of other ethnocultural backgrounds who made a difference. This event is happening Friday, February 24th and will end with a reception featuring Nigerian cuisine.

6 pm
519.736.4646 or
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – 129 Simcoe Street, Amherstburg

Black History Celebration
Saturday, February 25, 2017. The Bloomfield House will host a Black History Celebration featuring the works of celebrated poets of African descent including James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez, Gil Scott-Heron, Maya Angelou and more.

6 pm – 9 pm
Facebook: The Bloomfield House

Black Canadian/Caribbean Brunch
Saturday, February 25, 2017. 
Historic Sandwich First Baptist Church, the only African Canadian Underground Railroad-era church building remaining in the City of Windsor, will host a Black Canadian/Caribbean Brunch, along with tours and a history-focused dramatic presentation.

11:30 am, $10
Sandwich First Baptist Church – 3652 Peter Street, Windsor

Black History Tea
Sunday, February 26, 2017. 
The Windsor West Indian Association’s annual Black History Tea is featuring informative presentations on West Indian, African Canadian and African history.

2 pm – 6 pm, Donation
Caribbean Centre, 2410 Central Avenue – Windsor

Black History Tea
Sunday, February 26, 2017.  The Windsor West Indian Association’s annual Black History Tea features informative presentations on West Indian, African Canadian and African history.

2 pm – 6 pm, Admission by donation
Caribbean Centre – 2410 Central Avenue, Windsor

The Sounds of Buxton
Sunday February 26, 2017. 
The Buxton National Historic & Museum, along with Buxton’s Next Generation & St John’s Lodge # 9 present, The Sounds of Buxton.  We will take you on a journey with music of various genres that were deeply embedded within the Buxton community. Starting in 1849 with the founding of the settlement to present day. Please join us for an afternoon of entertainment and inspiration.

3 pm
North Buxton Community Church – 21911 A D Shadd Rd., North Buxton, ON

Open House
Sunday, February 26, 2017. The Coalition for Justice, Unity and Equality will host an open house on Sunday, February 26th at 3:00 p.m. at

3 pm
Facebook: Coalition for Justice, Unity and Equality Facebook
Sandwich Teen Action Group – 3735 King Street in Windsor

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