Black History Month 2020


February is Black History Month in Canada, an opportunity for all Canadians to learn about the many contributions Black Canadians have made to Canada. This year’s theme for Black History Month is “Canadians of African Descent: Going forward, guided by the past”.

Ontario Ancestors is proud to recognize Black History Month and to work to preserve the records and memories of black ancestors in Ontario and Canada.


Join us on-line as we celebrate Black History Month for a guided tour of St. Catharines’ British Methodist Episcopal Church, known as Salem Chapel, Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7 PM – 8 PM, with Church Trustee Rochelle and learn how this little church made such a large impact on the St Catharines community. This is a “LIVE” webinar and we will be moving around during the tour. This event will also be recorded for those who can’t make it.

Register in advance for this Live Webinar

Help preserve Salem Chapel. Built in 1855, Salem Chapel was an important centre of 19th-century abolitionist and civil rights activity in Canada. Harriet Tubman, the famous Underground Railroad (UGRR) conductor, lived near here from 1851 to 1858 and is traditionally associated with Salem Chapel. Many of those aided to freedom became church members and put down roots in the local community. The auditory-hall design typifies the style associated with other Underground Railroad-related churches in Ontario.

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The following webinar recordings, usually available to members only, are open to all during the month of February:

Researching Black Loyalist Communities in Canada, presented by Janice Lovelace

The Underground Railroad Ends Here_ Canadian Freedom for Blacks in 19th Century, presented by Janice Lovelace

Free Legacy Family Tree Webinar: Newspapers for People of Color Genealogy Research, presented by Nicka Smith, Wednesday February 19, 2pm EST. REGISTER HERE 



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