Speaker Series Review: Oshawa’s Black History

A very big thank you to everyone who attended February’s Speaker Series.  There was a last minute change to the speaker line-up, and we had Oshawa Community Museum archivist Jennifer Weymark and Youth Engagement/Programming Lisa Terech present about Oshawa’s Black History.

In 1852, there were 17 Black people living in East Whitby Township (0.4% of the population), and of those 17, 6 were members of one family, the Andrews.  In 2012, five generations of this family were researched, from the late 1700s through to the 1980s, and Terech and Weymark were happy to tell share their story.

Of note, this is an outreach presentation by the Oshawa Community Museum.  If you’re interested in this topic and would like to have this presented at your site/organization, or of you would like more information on this family, please contact membership@oshawamuseum.org.

Lisa and Jennifer addressing the crowd

Lisa and Jennifer addressing the crowd

Jennifer talking about the Dunbars; on the left a picture of Albert Dunbar is seen, and Lafayette Dunbar is on the right.

Jennifer talking about the Dunbars; on the left a picture of Albert Dunbar is seen, and Lafayette Dunbar is on the right.

Mary Dunbar (nee Andrews).  This image dates from c. 1850

Mary Dunbar (nee Andrews). This image dates from c. 1850

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