Amherstburg Freedom Museum, Amherstburg

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Amherstburg Freedom Museum, previously known as 'the North American Black Historical Museum', is located in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada. It is a community-based, non-profit museum that tells the story of African-Canadians' history and contributions. Founded in 1975 by local residents, it preserves and presents artifacts of African-Canadians, many of whose ancestors had entered Canada as refugees from United States slavery. They found it relatively easy to enter Canada from across the Detroit River.

Although Michigan was a free territory and state, many refugee slaves continued to settle in Canada in order to be beyond the reach of the US Fugitive Slave Acts. The Museum complex which houses permanent and temporary exhibits, and consists of the museum building, the Taylor Log Cabin-a historic home from that period, and Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church, National Historic Site.

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  • The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the underground railroad and fugitive slaves settling here in Canada for refuge. This type of history is something that cannot be overlooked.  more »
  • Two buildings- museum and cabin & the church. The museum has a number of great artifacts but it is the stories that live on. Those heroes who helped keep others safe their stories are most...  more »
  • Very knowledgeable staff. I found it very interesting to be able to see things as they were then and today.
  • I loved visiting here with my family today. I learned so many important things I was never taught in schools growing up. Canadian Black History is so rich and wonderful. The church and other historical artifacts were interesting to look at. I also wanted to shout to out to the wonderful staff and tour guides who were so friendly and helpful!

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