W-E BLACK HISTORY GUIDE 2021
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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.
Here are some of the Black History Month events happening around our region.
TOUR JOHN FREEMAN WALLS HISTORICAL SITE
Sign up for a virtual tour of the John Freeman Walls Historic Site.$10, www.undergroundrailroadmuseum.org
February 1- 28, 2021 – Black History Month Display
The River Bookshop is happy to partner with Amherstburg Freedom Museum to bring together a display celebrating Black History Month in windows of the River Bookshop. The window displays will feature Black authors and books that talk about racial equality. Look for the moving artifacts that the Museum has loaned us for our displays. Daily curbside pickup 12-5 pm.
February 1 – 28, 2021 – Book Selection
The River Bookshop is happy to partner with Amherstburg Freedom Museum to feature a curated selection of books with a broad range of titles in celebration of Black History Month which can be purchased online. Readers that purchase any of these books during the month of February will qualify for a draw to win one of three Amherstburg Freedom Museum t-shirts.
Daily curbside pickup 12-5 pm.
February 1-28, 2021 – Black History Collections
Museum Windsor will feature a series of Facebook posts that will highlight various parts of their Black history-related collections throughout the month of February.
February 1-28, 2021 Hour-A-Day Study Club Fundraiser
The 87th anniversary of the Hour-A-Day Study Club, Canada’s oldest African Canadian women’s organization. Community members are encouraged to donate $87 to commemorate the 87th anniversary of the Hour-A-Day Study Club. Donations help the Club in their efforts to help Black students pursue their post-secondary education goals. Donations at email@example.com are welcome. In addition, 2021 scholarship applications for Underground Railroad descendants are now available at www.houradaystudyclub.org.
February 9, 2021 @ 7 pm – Amherstburg Freedom Museum
Assistant Curator, Dr. Lorene Bridgen-Lennie, will present “From the Outside Looking In: Paying Tribute to Essex County’s Black Canadian Families” to the Essex County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. Register here
February 10-28, 2021 – Virtual Showcase
The Coalition for Justice Unity Equity “Youth in Action Club” presents a virtual showcase on the Coalition for Justice Unity Equity Facebook page and on the www.cjue.org website, “2nd Annual Wall of Fame with a Twist!” Each day the page will feature posters created by youth, inspired by their favourite historical figures.
February 18, 2021 @ 7 pm – Panel Discussion
Amherstburg Freedom Museum Curator/Administrator, Mary-Katherine Whelan and Assistant Curator, Dr. Lorene Bridgen-Lennie will join a panel discussion hosted by the Ontario Black History Society, along with representatives from the Guelph Black Heritage Society, North Buxton Museum, and Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site. They will discuss topics such as the existence of Black heritage, the history of each Museum, the work that they do, and the importance of supporting them and working together to preserve Black history.
February 18, 2021 @ 7 pm – Lives of the Lees in Slavery and Freedom.
Join the Essex County Black Historical Research Society online as we welcome special guest presenter Lisa Lee, all the way from Madagascar! Originally a Detroiter, Ms. Lee is a descendant of the Lee family of Windsor-Essex County. She will present a talk on the lives of the Lees in slavery and freedom. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register
February 18, 2021 @ 7 pm Join the Art Gallery of Windsor’s Digital Initiatives Coordinator and former Student Writer-in-Residence, Micaela Muldoon, for a Virtual Blackout Poetry Workshop presented in partnership with the Windsor Youth Centre. Register online
February 21, 2021 @ 1 pm
The Windsor West Indian Association’s annual Black History Tea - Virtual.
Contact (519) 945-0213 or e-mail email@example.com
February 25, 2021 @ 5 pm
Register at Heritage Matters Live with Esi Edugyan – Ontario Heritage Trust.
February 26, 2021 – Black Kids in Action Performing Arts Group will perform a monologue titled "How Did We Get Here?" on YouTube.