Hi there! Welcome to the homepage for the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society!

We here at the society are dedicated to the discovery, research, and preservation of the black history found in Chatham-Kent county, and specifically in the city of Chatham, Ontario.

Once known as the “Coloured Man’s Paris” and the “Black Mecca”, Chatham has a rich history filled with the trials and the achievements of¬†our black residents. The artifacts, research archives, and displays reflect the perseverance and preservation of this community and it’s black roots, which date all the way back to slavery.

Please feel free to visit our Black Mecca Museum, and stop by the Gwendolyn Robinson Research Centre to delve into our extensive archives. We hope that you will learn, explore, and come away with an appreciation for a history which refuses to be kept quiet.