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Black History Month in Chatham-Kent

Black History Month is a time to celebrate and pause as we recognize the many achievements of Black Canadians who through history have done so much to make Canada the diverse place it is today. Every February we mark this month dating back to 1926, when time was set aside to honour the accomplishments of African Americans and to heighten awareness of Black History in the United States. Celebrations of Black history began in Canada, shortly thereafter.

It wasn't until December of 1995 that the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month in Canada, following a motion introduced by the Jean Augustine, the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament.

Once considered a destination for freedom seekers, Chatham-Kent is home to some of the most successful Black settlements in Canadian History. It is important to recognize Chatham-Kent's significant Black historical figures and our role in the underground railroad. Today, three historic sites contribute to the Chatham-Kent Underground Railroad story. 


February 2023 - Black History Month in Chatham-Kent

Buxton Museum

The Buxton Museum is Ontario's second largest national historic site, which is home to one of the last standing schoolhouses, an 1852 log cabin, 1853 barn, church, cemetery, Liberty Bell, and museum. Buxton Museum will be open through the month of February for limited tours by appointment only. You can also download the Driftscape app on your mobile device and take virtual tours. 

Stay tuned for details on 2023 events!


Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and Black Mecca Museum

The Black Mecca Museum is run by the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society. The Black Mecca Museum shares the emotional journey of Chatham's Black community from the end of the 18th century to present day.  CKBHS will be open through the month of February for limited tours by appointment only. 

Stay tuned for details on 2023 events!


Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History

The Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History is located on the Sydenham River near Dresden, Ontario. Much of the history is based on Josiah Henson's life. Henson is a significant historical figure and was an important leader for Canada's growing Black community.  

Stay tuned for details on 2023 events!