six degreesThe Amherstburg Freedom Museum will host its annual Emancipation Celebration Dinner and Dance at the Fogolar Fulan in Windsor on Friday, July 29 at 6 p.m. The annual event recognizes the 188th anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery in Canada in 1834.

The evening includes dinner and dancing, featuring Windsor-based contemporary smooth jazz group Six Degrees. This year’s theme is “Looking Forward From The Past”, and guests are encouraged dress in their finest Black and White cocktail/semi-formal attire to complement the evening’s festivities. There will also be a presentation honoring the life and legacy of Elder Edsel Smith, a pillar of the community.


This year’s celebration is sponsored by TD Bank Group and LiUNA!625.

Tickets are $75 each and may be purchased online at For assistance or more information please phone the museum at 519-736-5433.

The celebration will continue on Saturday, when the Museum hosts the annual Walter Perry Emancipation Golf Classic, featuring an 8:00am shotgun start at Tilbury Golf Club. Fees are only $140 and may be purchased by calling 519-736-5433 or online at

The Amherstburg Freedom Museum is a curated archive that preserves and shares Amherstburg’s stories of the Underground Railroad, and the compassion and solidarity it took to make this network possible. The location of the Museum is key; Amherstburg meant freedom, as the Canadian destination for many Blacks escaping slavery in the United States. Also included in the museum complex are Nazrey A.M.E. Church – national historic site and stop on the Underground Railroad, and the Taylor Log Cabin – home of George Taylor a formerly enslaved man and his family.

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