Black History Month: Walter Perry

Learn about Walter Perry, who initiated and organized Emancipation Day celebrations in Windsor, Ontario, beginning around 1932. Often referred to as “Mr. Emancipation,” Mr. Perry’s Emancipation Day celebration was also called “The Greatest Freedom Show on Earth.”

Black History Month: C.L. Morton Sr.

Learn about the Bishop C.L. Morton Sr., renowned preacher and founder of the Canadian and International Churches of God and Christ in Windsor and Detroit.

Black History Month: Recommended Reads

Celebrate Black History Month by checking out some of these incredible books! You can borrow any of these titles from Windsor Public Library.


Black History Month: An American Story

Join Wendy for her reading of An American Story by Kwame Alexander and Dare Coulter, a picture book in verse that threads together the past and present to explore the legacy of slavery during a classroom lesson. Borrow the book from Windsor Public Library.

Learn about J. Lyle Browning, scholar, businessman, and community leader.


Sandwich First Baptist Church the oldest active black church in Canada.
Learn more about this historic site by checking out a copy of The 150th Anniversary Sandwich First Baptist Church.

Dr. Henry Taylor a pillar of Windsor.
You can check out the Famous Windsorite entry on Dr. Taylor here.

Isaac Riley was the first black land owner in Southern Ontario.

Caroline Quarrls was the first woman to escape slavery using Wisconsin’s underground railroad.
You can read her remarkable story in the book To the River

Elijah McCoy, a developer of many industrial improvements and holder of 56 US patents.

You can read more about him in these books.

Henry Bibb

Christopher Paul Curtis

Spider Jones

Dr. Howard McCurdy

Alton Parker

Charlotte Bronte Perry

Mary Ann Shadd