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Museum Celebrating Black History in Wellington County

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February is Black History Month and the Wellington County Museum & Archives invites you to help celebrate and reflect on our rich local and national history through music and storytelling.

Did you know that some of the very first settlers to Wellington County were Black Canadians? Or that by 1850 over 2000 Black Canadians had settled here, building farms, churches, schools and lives, while helping to create the Wellington County that we know today? Come and learn more as we celebrate these amazing pioneers through story and song.

Join us Saturday February 8th from 1:00-2:00pm in welcoming Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley as they perform Sugar and Gold – The Story of the Underground Railroad in Canada! A presentation of history through multi-media that utilizes images and songs to tell the inspiring and uplifting stories of the Underground Railroad.

Diana and Chris created and have presented Sugar and Gold over the course of 14 years, educating and inspiring new generations through their interactive musical storytelling.

Afterwards we welcome visitors to take a step back in time to the Early 1800’s as they experience the amazing stories of the Black Canadian pioneers of Wellington County in both the Queen’s Bush and the Pierpoint settlement. From 2:00 – 3:00 pm, staff will be available to tell stories from our local black history, including that of Canadian hero Richard Pierpoint, and his incredible life from slave, to solider and finally settler.

For more information, please contact us at 519.846.0916 ext. 5224 or email [email protected]. Tickets cost $15 (HST included), to purchase tickets please visit the museum or contact us at 519.846.0916.