Juneteenth Celebration | Amherstburg Ontario, Canada
On Saturday June 19th I attended the annual Juneteenth celebration at the Amherstburg Freedom Museum, with my cousin Pamela. We are proud descendants of the Underground Railroad. In 1836, our Binga ancestors escaped slavery from Newport, Campbell County Kentucky, via ferry boat, a horse drawn wagon and two steam boats, landing in Amherstburg after a six day journey. Our ancestor, Rev. Anthony Binga Sr. “The Walking Preacher” founded the Amherstburg First Baptist Church, that served as an underground railroad mission until slavery ended.
The annual Juneteenth emancipation celebration took place on a hot summer’s day, amid the grounds of the museum (formerly named the North American Black Historical Museum & Cultural Center) and Nazery African Methodist Episcopal AME Church . The well attended event included other UGRR descendants and friends, a ragtime band played lively tunes while everyone enjoyed barbecue chicken and rib dinners from Smoke & Spice Southern Barbecue located in Windsor. We mingled with our cousins and others, toured the historic Nazrey Church and the Amherstburg Freedom Museum. We were delighted to see our 3rd great grandfather’s name (William W. Binga) on a pay roll list for the Canadian Rebellion of 1837-38. We had a wonderful time and hope to go back for the annual parade.
Nazrey AME Church & Amherstburg Freedom Museum Photo Source: monkeys4ever at waymarking.com