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Friday, July 3, 2020
 
 
Wyandotte Town Centre Mural Project
  Reaching Out – 307 Wyandotte St. East
  Peace Cranes - 1022 Wyandotte St. East
  3 Sisters - Corner of Wyandotte and Moy
Sandwich and Area Black Historical Figures and Events
 
 
Wyandotte Town Centre Mural Project
 
The City of Windsor and the Job Creation Partnership Program are proud to display the work of local artists on murals promoting diversity in Windsor.
 
Reaching Out – 307 Wyandotte St. East
 
‘Reaching Out’ - The Wyandotte Town Centre Mural Project Photo H.Soulliere
  This mural celebrates the Black community’s vital role in Windsor’s development. The important figures depicted in the mural are Mary Ann Shadd, Bishop C.L. Morton, Justin Jackson, Rev. J.T. Wagner, Walter Perry and Alton C. Parker. Also featured are an Underground Railroad quilt pattern and a Harmony Ribbon the symbol of Windsors
‘Reaching Out’ - The Wyandotte Town Centre Mural Project
Photo H. Soulliere
  Multicultural Council.
 
Peace Cranes - 1022 Wyandotte St. East
 
‘Peace Cranes’ - The Wyandotte Town Centre Mural Project - photo H. Soulliere
  In the mural, light shines through the clouds as the cranes fly across the sky, carrying with them The Harmony Ribbon. The ribbon was originally designed by The Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County to be worn as a sign of support for a harmonious society that is multi-racial, multi-faith and multi-ethnic. The red roses symbolize love,
‘Peace Cranes’ - The Wyandotte Town Centre Mural Project
Photo H. Soulliere
  respect and courage.
 
3 Sisters - Corner of Wyandotte and Moy
 
 3 Sisters, photo courtesy of City of Windsor
  This mural was inspired by the First Nations’ practice of companion planting. Corn, squash and beans – known as the Three Sisters – were grown together because they are mutually beneficial. This mural honours the community’s heritage by featuring models representing three founding cultures: the First Nations, the European settlers and the African Americans who sought freedom in Canada.

‘ 3 Sisters’ - The Wyandotte Town Centre Mural Project
   
 
Sandwich and Area Black Historical Figures and Events
 
= Mural Sandwich and Area Black Historical Figures and Events – photo H.Soulliere
 

This mural was created by local artists Helen Turner Brown and Dennis Smith. The mural celebrates prominent African Canadians in the region who made vital contributions to the development of the region.

Mural Sandwich and Area Black Historical Figures and Events Photo H. Soulliere

 

Individuals depicted in the mural include:

Abraham Shadd - abolitionist and shoemaker
Issac Riley - 1st settler to purchase land at the Elgin Settlement
Samuel Ringgold Ward - 1st editor of the Provincial Freeman newspaper
Henry Bibb - editor of the Voice of the Fugitive newspaper
Elijah McCoy - inventor of over 80 inventions
Walter Perry – Mr. Emancipation organized Emanicipation Day events in Windsor
Annie F. Hyatt - owner and operator of Hyatt Greenhouses
Howard Watkins - 2nd African Canadian Detective in all of Canada
Delos Rogest Davis,K.C. - 1st black lawyer in Canada (1885) and was named King’s Counsel in 1910
Mary Shadd Cary - 1st African Canadian woman to be a newspaper editor
Dr. Henry D Taylor - School board trustee for 31 years
Alton C. Parker - 1st African Canandian detective in Canada
Fred Thomas - star athlete and former Harlem Globetrotter
Mac Simpson - Founder of the North American Black Historical Museum

(The historic Sandwich 1st Baptist Church 3651 Peter St. is also depicted.)

 

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