Ward 5 Heroes: Guelph Black Heritage Society

The importance of Black Heritage in Guelph came to prominence in 2011 when the British Methodist Episcopal (BME) Church on Essex Street came up for sale. The Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS) was founded to preserve the historical BME Church and create a ‘cultural, historical and social centre within Guelph and Wellington County.’ The BME Church was built in 1880 by the many black people living in the Essex/Nottingham street neighbourhood. Since the purchase in 2012 , there have been many celebrations of Black Heritage in our community at what is now known as ‘Heritage Hall’. Thank you to the GBHS for creating such a wonderful ‘sense of place’ in our community to honour our collective past!

We can all celebrate Emancipation Day this weekend –

The Guelph Black Heritage Society and Silence Sounds invites friends and
families to celebrate Emancipation Day on Saturday August 6, 2016

1pm – 2pm Drumming Circle at Silence Sounds (46 Essex Street). Drums will
be provided.

2pm – 3pm Community Barbeque and Unveiling of Heritage Plaque at Heritage
Hall (83 Essex Street)

3pm – 4pm Musical Performance by Gary Diggins and Friends, Spoken Word by
Kevin Sutton at Silence Sounds (46 Essex Street)

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