Amherstburg, Ontario

It is likely that Black veterans of the War of 1812 first settled the Amherstburg area, which was close to Fort Malden. With the introduction of tobacco production, Blacks who had worked American tobacco fields while enslaved were readily able to support themselves with the numerous tobacco-related jobs. By 1827 there were 6 Black settlers.

However, Amherstburg was also one of the most important places for any African-American trying to enter Canada; one could swim or walk across the frozen Detroit River in the winter since it was such a narrow crossing. Amherstburg was the busiest terminal on the Underground Railroad.

North American Black Historical Museum
A history of Black settlements around Amherstburg. Also offers a virtual tour of the Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church National Historic Site.