Black Mecca Museum

Black Mecca Museum, Chatham: Hours, Address, Black Mecca Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Black Mecca Museum
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
About
Covid-19: Open to Booked Tours ONLY, no walk-in visits at this time. The Black Mecca Museum is a Black History Museum in the heart of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Located in close proximity to Downtown Chatham, The Black Mecca Museum tells the story from Slavery, the Underground Railroad and Life in Chatham. The Black Mecca Museum will offer a great learning experience about part of the Black Experience in Chatham-Kent.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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4.5
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Judie P
Toronto, Canada64 contributions
Disappointing
Aug. 2018 • Family
I travelled with a youth group this past summer and we brought them there to learn about black history. Unfortunately the people teaching the history were all white, did not have some of the most important facts and consider Chatham history, just that Chatham's. When it fact Black history is Chatham history as it was loyalist to founded the town. I hope that over time their staffing has improved.
Written December 11, 2018
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Thank you for your review. None of our staff or volunteers will tell visitors that the city of Chatham was founded by Black Loyalists because it simply was not. Chatham's early Black population (who was here when the city was founded) was made up of free Blacks and fugitive slaves from the United States.
Written December 13, 2018
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C H
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
Informative, inspirational
Mar. 2017 • Family
Even though this museum consists of one room, our family (note: we are history buffs) spent one and a half hours here. Very detailed information presented in an accessible way. The highlight for me was John Brown's gun! We also bought a pamphlet that outlines a self-guided walking tour of important sites related to abolitionism and the Black community in Chatham. The staff really know their stuff - go ahead and ask them questions! Ask the staff to show you the video they have.
Written August 28, 2017
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John Brown's gun is my favourite item to. It's remarkable how close to a historical movement it makes you feel!
Written September 6, 2017
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Jared M
1 contribution
Educational and inspiring.
May 2017 • Solo
I visited the CKBHS in spring from London, ON and found it to be wonderful. I'm of the opinion that black history, in particular, black local history should be taught in schools. The work that the society does is crucial to our understanding of history in the area and overall. The museum itself is well lit and full of memorable displays, such as the rifles owned by Gunsmith Jones. If you're looking for help with genealogy, it's also worth talking to the staff about to get help or ideas.
Written August 1, 2017
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Canatara
Sarnia, Canada19 contributions
Answered A Great Many Questions
Jun. 2017 • Solo
I had the opportunity to tour the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society museum recently in Chatham. An articulate young host -Tom something- provided some insight and interesting anecdotal information, culminating in an offsite visit to BME Freedom Park. One of the many features of the park is the sculpture of abolitionist and human rights activist Mary Ann Shadd Cary below. In addition to her support and advocacy for all human beings, she proclaimed "self-reliance is the fine road to independence."
A very informative and worthwhile experience which I would recommend to everyone.
Written August 1, 2017
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Thanks for Visiting! We are glad to hear our Summer Students are doing a great job.
Written August 3, 2017
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Janet V
Chatham, Canada112 contributions
Small but substantial museum
Jul. 2017 • Business
Striving for excellence, this museum has a dedicated staff who strive to make your visit both informative and memorable. Knowledgeable staff can assist in your search for ancestors using their growing database and library. The room is full of local black history. Group tours are welcome. Easy access to the building, plenty of free parking. Easy to find. By chance, you might be greeted by a very spirited version of a living Harriet Tubman.
Written August 1, 2017
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boomgraham
Toronto, Canada1,259 contributions
the perfect school trip
May 2017 • Solo
I found the Mecca Museum inside the Woodstock Institute on King Street.
Inside, a well done presentation that is a must for anyone who visits Chatham.
Written May 30, 2017
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Thank you for visiting! We hope you enjoyed your visit - if you're ever in again, we recommend taking our Walking Tour to get a more in depth look at the neighbourhood many Blacks in Chatham called and continue to call home.
Written June 1, 2017
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jjduncan82
Toronto, Canada21 contributions
Such a historical gem!
Oct. 2016 • Friends
So happy I visited this museum. I couldn't believe how many historical artifacts they had. Great pictures also. It really was like stepping back and getting an idea of how Chatham was. The people who wor ked there were also very friendly and helpful. Definitely a great experience for those interested in African Canadian history.
Written October 24, 2016
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lbm770
Toronto, Canada67 contributions
Small but very informative
Sep. 2016 • Solo
Although the museum staff were not present on the Saturday I visited, someone at the front desk of the Wookstock Institute let me in and turned on on all the lanterns for me. I spent about 45minutes reading about the artifacts and was fascinated by the local history.

Although I had studied the underground railroad in school, I hadn't realized that such a large black community had existed in Chatham for so long. I enjoyed learning about what life was like for these escaped slaves and about their successes. Everything was well-labelled and I left wanting to learn even more. Although there were a couple of interactive exhibits, most of the information was presented through text and images. I am thankful that the Black Historical Society has taken it upon themselves to support this venture to help ensure that both Canadians and other visitors are aware of this important history.
Written September 17, 2016
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I'm so sorry we missed you - but super glad the front desk staff was able to turn everything on for you! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit - next time you're in the area stop in and see our extensive archives in our office - they are extensive on the Blacks of the Chatham Area.
Written September 19, 2016
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a_davia1
Oshawa, Canada26 contributions
More than expected
Jul. 2016 • Friends
It was great to hear about the local community and buildings, while putting them in both a historical and modern context.
Written July 16, 2016
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We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Black Mecca Museum. Stay tuned for new displays being put together in the Museum before next Summer!
Written July 25, 2016
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chelseasampson
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
Although Small, Powerful!
May 2016 • Solo
Went to the Chatham Kent Black Historical Society on Monday. I was surprised how much information they could fit into such a small space. Spoke with the both women who work there. Very informative and interesting to see. For sure recommend every one makes a visit to learn some of Chatham's early Black history.
Written May 6, 2016
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Black Mecca Museum is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Mon - Fri 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.