BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Sheffield Park Black History and Cultural Museum presented the Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine, at Heritage Community Church in Collingwood on February 16th. Mayor, Brian Saunderson, welcomed the audience and Dr. Augustine was introduced by Carolyn Wilson, curator of the Museum. Dr. Augustine talked about her life, and the relevant history of black people escaping slavery in the United States by travelling the underground railroad to freedom. As the first black female Member of Parliament and the first black female Cabinet Minister, it was Dr. Jean Augustine who introduced the successful motion in 1995 to name February as Black History Month in Canada. After her talk, a meet and greet was held, with Dr. Augustine receiving roses and having a portrait of herself donated by friends to the Sheffield Park Black History and Cultural Museum. Photos/Story: Bryan Davies Photography.