Visitors come for far and wide to experience some of the original sites and destinations of the slaves who arrived via the Underground Railway and settled in this area of Chatham-Kent in the mid 1800's. It was home to some of the most successful Black settlements and boasted the greatest populace of former slaves in those days.
North Buxton holds it's Annual Homecoming Celebration each year on Labour Day Weekend. This annual homecoming weekend will see the Historic Village of North Buxton swell from about 100 permanent residents to approximately 3000 as visitors gather and renew old acquantances and experience emotional moments as they relive old memories and remember the past. This event was first held in 1924 at the farm of Reginald and Minnie Robbins under a pear tree that still exists. It is a community sponsored event with guest speakers, sports, a re-enactment play, a dance, a beer tent, a parade, a car show and dance competition as well as other events. The youth are very involved, a great indication of the importance of keeping their history alive to this small community. There is face painting and rides for the children. Fun for the whole family! The weekend provides an opportunity for former residents and their families to return to this community which was at its peak in the 19th century when the population was about 2000. Many of these residents were slaves who had fled the United States.The numbers began to decline around the time of the Civil War when many of the men served in the Union Army. The ensuing years saw many residents move to the United States. In past years the Jack and Jill of America, a U.S. based group has brought several tour buses from Florida to take part in the festivities. Shannon Price is the curator of the Buxton Museum and serves as liason officer for the Homecoming. The Committee includes members from the Buxton Historical Society, the North Buxton Community Club and the Buxton Next Generation.
The Buxton National Historic Site and Museum highlights this most successful settlement in the mid 1800's
Chatham-Kent was a popular destination along the Famous Underground Railway for Slaves fleeing the U.S. Visit Chatham-Kent Website for more information on Historic locations in the area.
Uncle Toms' Cabin located near Dresden is another popuLAR destination for visitors to the area. You can visit Rev. Josiah Hensen's cabin, smokehouse, sawmill ,the Hensen family cemetary. Pioneer Church and Exhibit inside the visitor's centre. Josiah Hensen was the inspiration for Harriet Beacher Stowe's famous novel, Uncle Tom/s Cabin telling the story of hardships and triumphs of the original slave settlers.
If you are interested in history, The Story of Chatham's Black Community is a self guided interactive exhibit that highlights the struggles and achievements of blacks during the period of slavery, early settlement in Chatham, the Civil Rights movement and modern times.
Chatham-Kent is a unique destination and one that offered slaves freedom and a place to settle during such a dark period in History.
The John D. Bradley Convention Centre Exhibit Hall was named Freedom Hall in memory of those individuals who found so hard and endured so much for a freedom some of us take for granted.
Chatham-Kent has so much to offer today. Affordable Lifestyle and many ammenties to enjoy. It is a great place to raise a family, retire, relocate to or purchase a vacation property. Visit his website and read more about the events and attractions in Chatham-Kent and choice properties for sale .
Chatham-Kent's Black History Month Schedule Feb /16
If you or your family have never attended any of the Chatham-Kent Events that take place each year in February to celebrate Black History Month you have missed out. Ontario first proclaimed February as Black History Month in 1993 to mark the 200th anniversary of a law banning the importation of slaves into Upper Canada. Since that time, although it has not hadofficial status, people across the province have continued to celebrate the uniqueness, and continuing contributions given by the Black Community.This year 2016, the Government officially made a proclamation to recognize February as Black History Month and intends to introduce legislation to make it an annual event.
The Wallaceburg and District Museum is presenting a display titled 'Come In Unity' and features works by local artist Sketch and the work of John Slade. The display focuses on African Canadian history and culture.
Starting February 5 and running until February 26 there will be free showings of two Black History films and three documentaries involving Famous Black personalities.
Feb 5 'Whispers of Angels'' tells the story of the Underground Railway.
Feb 12 '12 years a Slave' The story of Solomon Northup who was abducted into Slavery.
Feb 19 'Crossing to Freedom' A documentary of the re-enactment of a river crossing to freedom.
In addition " When We Were Kings" the documentary film of the famous fight between George Forman and Muhammmad Ali in 1974 in Africa will be shown.
Feb 26 A James Brown Documentary.
These will be shown in the Jeanne Gordon Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 and showtime is 7 P.M.
Feb 19 at Club Lentina's 250 National Rd.in Chatham, there will be a presentation by Bryan and Shannon Prince featuring the original work of Charles Dickens and Harriett Beecher-Stowe, Author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. The evening is the Annual Dickens Gala Birthday Celebration hosted by the Chatham-Kent Dickens Fellowship. What most people are not aware of, is the connections between Dickens and Beecher-Stowe. Dickens visited America twice and revealed his views on the effects of Slavery in his publication 'American Notes'. Stowe and Dickens communicated in writing and met after the release of her book, Uncle Tom's Cabin and the success it received. The Princes' have prepared a presentation of dramatic readings between the two, giving the audience an insight into the thoughts and views of the two, their respect, admiration and significant differences of opinion.
The Gala begins at 6 P.M. with a reception followed by a classic Victorian-style dinner at 6:30 Tickets are $50.00. Call 519-354-9788.
Hopefully you can attend some or all of the events of this great month. Chatham-Kent is steeped in Black History with its connection to the Underground Railway, Uncle Tom's Cabinand North Buxton, one of the largest Black Settlements of the 1800's. Chatham-Kent Museums contain a wealth of material and displays and are a wonderful way to revisit the past and remember all that so many gave personally and to help others at such a terrible time in our history.
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