Black History Month 2019

WRH wishes to remind our team and our community partners about the importance of Black History Month – which is celebrated in Canada and the United States during the month of February.

black history mural Windsor

Locally, Black History Month recognizes the fact that locally, Canadians of African descent have played important roles in the cultural, political, social, and economic progress of our region, including in health care.

There are a number of events being held locally that you might find of interest.

Before looking at that page though – how well do you think you know our area’s Black History?

Try this short quiz. You will have a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card for each question you answer correctly. The correct answers will be posted to the WRH website at the end of the Month of February.


1. Which of these famous books stirred up anti-slavery sentiment in the United States before the Civil War

2. Police Officer Alton C. Parker was born in Windsor in 1907. Parker became the first Black Constable to be employed by the Windsor Police Department and the first Black Detective in Canada. He was known by many for a summer party held for children. He was affectionately known as

3. Toronto-born, US-educated nurse Bernice Redmon broke the barrier nation-wide when she went to work for the Nova Scotia Department of Public Health in Sydney in 1945. Redmon had been refused entry to Canadian nursing schools and instead earned her nursing diploma in Virginia. She went on to become the first Black woman appointed to the Victorian Order of Nurses in Canada. A local, group was successful in putting pressure on the Ministry of Health to change this. They are called

4. Mary Ann opened a school for black refugees in Windsor, escaping the threat of enslavement in America. She went on to be

5. There is a mural featuring important local African American leaders. It is located near Windsor Regional Hospital’s Ouellette Campus

6. One of the first stops for fugitive slaves coming to Canada was the Sandwich First Baptist Church. It was built as a log cabin in 1820 and rebuilt by free and fugitive slaves in


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