GOING BEYOND RELIGION: The Activism and Community Service of Black Churches in Amherstburg and Colchester

GOING BEYOND RELIGION: The Activism and Community Service of Black Churches in Amherstburg and Colchester

July 13, 2022


The Amherstburg Freedom Museum is a community jewel in Amherstburg and the River Bookshop is delighted to once again team up with it to tell important stories about African-Canadians’ history and contributions.

Presenters Mary-Katherine Whelan (AFM Curator) and Dr Lorene Bridgen-Lennie (AFM Assistant Curator) will be discussing the significance of Black Churches in Amherstburg and Colchester and will share their history of activism and community service. The scope will be the 19th and 20th centuries and will highlight the importance of the church as not only a place of refuge for Freedom Seekers, but also a community centre, an educational institution, and a place for Black settlers to organize and discuss their concerns. Among the churches that will be featured will be the Nazrey/African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Amherstburg First Baptist Church, Mount Beulah Church of God and Christ, and Central Grove in Colchester.

Presentation on July 19 at 6:00pm in the River Bookshop’s Hole in the Wall event space.

Look for more Freedom Museum related events in the next few weeks:

Storytime hosted by Gary Archibald July 31, 1:00 pm
The History of Amherstburg Freedom Museum August 15 6:30 PM

Always working hard and creatively to educate, inspire, engage and entertain our community.

The River Bookshop Team





Mark your calendar so you don't miss these upcoming events - more details to follow.

July 14th - 6:30pm Local author Mary Anne Adams, author of The Medicine Bag

July 16th - 12-2pm Children’s author Pete Billing, author of The Road Hockey Crew. Fun in the streets with games, colouring and more! Informal street hockey game at 1pm for interested kids!

July 17th - 1pm - Author booksigning - Carly Verheyen, author of Life’s Letters

July 19th - 6pm Amherstburg Freedom Museum - Going Beyond Religion: The Activism and  Community Service of Black Churches in Amherstburg and Colchester.

July 23rd - 12-2pm Local author Edmond Gagnon - author of the Norm Strom series and more!                       

July 24th - 1pm Storytime with Miss Lauren + Cars Gone Crazy 

July 26th - 6-7pm Booksigning with author Claire Ross Dunn followed by 7-8pm Book club meeting - At Last Count by Claire Ross Dunn 

July 28th - 6pm - Mike Evans - From Warblers to Tree Frogs and Coyotes...Filming Wildlife in the Ojibway Prairie Complex.

July 31st - 1pm Storytime with Gary Archibald & The Amherstburg Freedom Museum