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Andrea Moore
 
 
Andrea Moore
 
Andrea Moore
  Andrea was born Ethel Andrea Shreve in Windsor, Ontario in 1946. Her mother came from a long line of African Canadian Windsorites while her father's family was from the Buxton area. Hers was a family that took great pride in preserving their history and heritage, a pursuit which became a life-long passion for a young Andrea who even as a child was intrigued by oral history and African Canadian culture.

By profession, Andrea Moore was a banker but her true calling was that of a historian. She stressed accuracy in her research, and was often able to recall

Video Clip of Irene Moore
  minute details at a moment's notice. As a frequent speaker and lecturer on African Canadian history, but also in her daily interactions, Andrea was very effective in sharing her love of history and the information she uncovered with others.
 

Her talents really came to light during the development, led by Melvin Simpson, of the North American Black Historical Museum in Amherstburg. She worked diligently to share Mr. Simpson's vision with the community and to acquire artifacts, grants and funding which helped make the dream a reality. Andrea was the first Volunteer Assistant Curator of the museum.

Andrea was involved with many projects in the region. She worked to preserve the history of black churches, led tours at the historic Sandwich First Baptist Church, and until the very end of her life, fought to preserve Black pioneer burial sites. Andrea was the founding President of the Essex County Black Historical Research Society and was President of the Windsor and District Black Coalition, where she was a tireless advocate for social justice and human rights.

For many years it was Andrea's wish to see an Underground Railroad monument erected in Windsor,a tribute that would show people, for generations to come, just how important Windsor was to the Underground Railroad movement and to celebrate the individuals who made the harrowing journey to freedom in Canada. Andrea helped form a partnership with the Detroit 300 organization and assembled an Underground Railroad Monument Committee here in Windsor which she chaired. Her daughter, Irene Moore, says that the day the Tower of Freedom monument was dedicated, October 20th, 2001, was the proudest day of her mother's life.

Perhaps the lasting legacy that Andrea Moore has given the community is best evidenced by listening to the words of her daughter Irene, who from a very young age was schooled at her mother's knee in the importance of studying and preserving African Canadian history.

 

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