Every Thursday during February, Windsor Public Library is highlighting photos from moments in local Black history. These photographs have been provided courtesy of Amherstburg Freedom Museum, 277 King St., Amherstburg, Ontario.

Today’s photo was taken at the ground breaking for the North American Black Historical Museum in 1980. Featured from left to right are Garnet Fox (Mayor of Amherstburg), Daniel G. Hill, Phillip Alexander, Melvin ‘Mac’ Simpson (founder of the North American Black Historical Museum), Henry White (President of the Board of the NABHM), and the Honourable Eugene Whelan. The North American Black Historical Museum would later become known as the Amherstburg Freedom Museum. Funding from municipal, provincial and federal governments, individuals and local businesses supported the construction of the facility, which opened on September 20, 1981. Sadly, just six months after the museum’s doors opened to the public, Melvin Simpson died at age 65. For more information on Melvin Thomas and his wife, please visit our Famous Windsorites profile on the couple and their contributions to the local community.


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