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CKBHS & Black Mecca Museum

COVID Notice: The museum is now open again, by appointment only. Two daily tours are available Monday to Friday at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Check out the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society & Black Mecca Museum Facebook page for story telling and updates.

The Black Mecca Museum is run by the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society. Step inside and uncover the emotional journey of Chatham's Black community from the end of the 18th century to present day. Through exhibits, artifacts and an extensive collection of reading materials, the past lives of prominent figures are reborn.

Learn about several Black families that settled along McGregor's Creek in the tiny town of Chatham, then known as "The Forks", which became a haven for runaway slaves. By 1850, the population rose to roughly one third Black. Inside the Museum, ever changing exhibits, highlight prominent figures, while their stories are preserved.

A visit to the Black Mecca Museum isn't complete without a self guided (or guided if you choose) walking tour of the surrounding area, including a stop at the BME Freedom Park. Hours and admission can be found here.