Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and Black Mecca MuseumDigital Doors Open Chatham-Kent

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and Black Mecca Museum

The Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society is dedicated to the discovery, research and preservation of Chatham-Kent’s Black history. In the early 1800s, Black families settled along McGregor’s Creek in the town known then as The Forks. The village soon became a haven for runaway slaves and, by 1850, its population was one-third Black. Blacks in Chatham thrived in business, education, medicine, sport and literary and cultural arts. News of their success attracted Blacks to the area from across North America. The history of Blacks in early Chatham is not only of local significance; but their contribution and participation in Southwestern Ontario over the years has also left a fundamental impression on the national landscape. During Digital Doors Open, watch this video to learn more about the history of Chatham. Discover some of the museum's online exhibits. Explore the Breaking the Colour Barrier website to learn more about the Chatham Coloured All-Stars baseball team. And download and enjoy a colouring page and word search puzzle.

Contact info

177 King Street East (inside the WISH Centre)
Chatham, Ontario


Building type:Museum

Dates/hours open

Jul 15, 11:36am - Jul 15, 11:36am