North American Black Historical Museum

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North American Black Historical Museum
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Established 1975
Location Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Type National Historic Site
Website www.blackhistoricalmuseum.org
Official name: Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church
Designated: 1998

The North American Black Historical Museum, commonly known as 'the Black Museum' is located in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada. It is a is a community-based, non-profit museum that tells the story of African-Canadians’ journey and contributions, by preserving and presenting artifacts that educate and inspire.[1] It consists of the Museum complex which houses permanent and temporary exhibits, the Taylor Log Cabin-a historic home, and Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church, National Historic Site.

Founding[edit]

The museum was founded by Melvin "Mac" Simpson and officially incorporated in 1975. His vision was to create community pride by promoting the rich heritage of African Canadians. In 2015, the Black Museum will celebrate their 40th anniversary.[2]

Nazrey A.M.E. Church[edit]

The church was built by former slaves and free blacks in 1848, and was a stop on the Underground Railroad. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1998,[3] and was restored and reopened in 2001.

Programming[edit]

Today, visitors from all over the world can tour the Museum, including the Taylor Log Cabin and Nazrey A.M.E. Church, both buildings from the time of the Underground Railroad. The Museum also provides annual cultural events including Black History Month programming, Ribs & Ragtime, the Emancipation Celebration and Charity Golf Classic, and Christmas at the Black Museum.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.blackhistoricalmuseum.org
  2. ^ www.blackhistoricalmuseum.org
  3. ^ Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church. Canadian Register of Historic Places.

External links[edit]

Affiliations[edit]

The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.