The next chapter in the story of the Underground Railroad in Sandwich, Ont., will be coming in the form of a storage container museum. 

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    (All featured images are courtesy of the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society)

    In southwestern Ontario, historians of Chatham-Kent have preserved the history of a Black community of doctors, lawyers and creatives alike who created a haven for freed Black enslaved people in North America in the 1800s.

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    Linton Garner was tired of the narrow perception of the history and role of Black people in Canada. Growing up, his history books and instruction in school did not have much to say about Canadians who looked like him. And when it was mentioned, slavery was the focus. It is one of the things that inspired Garner, an experienced community development worker, to create something to fill that void.

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    Up until now, the Canadian government has only acknowledged this country's relationship to slavery via the Underground Railroad. But right on time for Emancipation Day, the Liberal government has announced four separate "historic designations" which includes admitting that slavery existed in Canada between 1629 and 1834.

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    Canada is paying tribute to an all-Black hockey league that thrived long before the NHL became part of national lore.

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    Given that so many places in southern Ontario played such a key role in Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad network, you’d think it would be a no-brainer for the newly released Harriet film to screen in a place like Chatham-Kent. A city where some of the first early Black settlers landed, that was once home to several thriving Black settlements and that now boasts three Black History museums. 

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    It is not every engineer whose innovation has actually added a term to the English language, but so it was with African Canadian-born inventor Elijah McCoy. The automatic oiling device he invented in 1872 revolutionized steam train technology. It was much imitated, but his own version was so much more effective that for many railroads, only the “real McCoy” would do.

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    In a quiet Oak Bay cafe, Ron Nicholson strummed the side of his coffee mug as he delved into his thoughts. As a director of the BC Black History Awareness Society, Nicholson’s historical knowledge intertwines with his own personal history.

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    The first meeting of what would later become the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) took place in 1905 in Fort Erie near Niagara Falls, Canada. Legendary thinkers such as W.E.B. Du Bois attended.

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    An Edmonton man is making sure awareness for black history isn’t confined to the 28 days that make up Black History Month.

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