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Warden Proclaims February as Black History Month in County of Simcoe


​Midhurst/February 1, 2023 – County of Simcoe Warden Basil Clarke has proclaimed February 1 to 28, 2023 as Black History Month across our community and encourages all citizens to participate in educational activities related to and honouring the significant role that Black people, both past and present, have played in shaping Simcoe County and its values.

Each year, Black History Month offers an opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the contributions of so many leaders and pioneers. The Simcoe County Archives has assembled a number of resources entitled Researching Black History in Simcoe County, which can be found on their website.

The Simcoe County Museum will also be hosting a virtual lecture series throughout the month, featuring expert guest speakers and local historians. This series will begin on February 6, 2023, at 2 p.m. with a presentation by Dr. Afua Cooper entitled The Voice of the Fugitive: Henry Bibb and the Beginning of the Black Press in Canada, with additional presenters​ and topics to include preserving Black history in Ontario, along with​ slavery and emancipation in Canada. Full details, including how to register, can ne found at www.museum.simcoe.ca.

About the Simcoe County Museum
Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year-round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at museum.simcoe.ca for further details.

About the County of Simcoe
County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.­­­­­­

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Jen Straw
Public Relations Consultant
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department

Collin Matanowitsch
Public Relations Manager​
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department
705-734-8386 (mobile)