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Day Tour 2:Windsor Attractions



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Freeman Walls Historic Site -- undergroundrailroadWindsor, Ontario is our friendly Canadian sister city across the Detroit River to the south.That's right, Windsor is the only major city in Canada where entering the United States actually requires traveling north!Just a few-minute drive via the Ambassador Bridge or the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, Windsor is a great addition to your African American Heritage tour itinerary.Detroit and Windsor together played a crucial role in the anti-slavery movement, with the Detroit River as a crossing point from the United States into Canada for fugitive slaves escaping along the Underground Railroad.


Travel Tips

1.     Due to increased post-9/11 security, wait times at the bridge and tunnel can vary (check the bridge and tunnel websites below for up-to-date traffic reports).

2.     Make sure to bring proof of citizenship.A passport or a combination of birth certificate and government-issued photo identification (driver's license) is required.

3.     Donít forget to stop at the duty free shops located on both sides of the border for some great deals.

4.     Check the exchange rate before you go -- Windsor can be a true bargain at the right time!

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Windsor Sandwich First Baptist Church -- visitwindsor

Sandwich First Baptist Church [A]

3652 Peter Street, Windsor, Ontario


Located in Olde Sandwich Towne, the First Baptist Church was built by fugitive slaves who fled the United States to Canada via the Underground Railroad.It was designated an Historic Site in 1995 and is open for regular services and group presentations by appointment.If you are unable to make it for services or schedule an appointment, you will find plenty of other history in Sandwich, the first English-speaking settlement in Windsor.The University of Windsor is also located in the area and downtown Windsor is just a short distance from here.

Freeman Walls Historic Site -- visitwindsorFreeman Walls Historic Site & Underground Railroad Museum [B]

932 Concession 6, Essex, Ontario



This location is a monument to John and Jane Walls' perilous from North Carolina to Ontario, Canada along the Underground Railroad.The focal point of the site is the John "Freeman" Walls log cabin where he and his wife raised nine children.Visitors can also tour the Walls Family Cemetery, the Peace Chapel, and the Simcoe Building, dedicated to John Graves Simcoe, the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada instrumental in the abolishment of slavery in Canada.


North American Black Historical Musuem -- visitwindsorNorth American Black Historical Museum [C]

277 King Street, Amherstburg, Ontario



This multifaceted historic site focuses on the Underground Railroad movement, Canadian Black settlement and the accomplishments of the peoples of African origins.Artifacts, art displays, sculpture, and photography exhibits are featured.Visitors can also visit the Taylor Log Cabin, Cultural Centre, Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church (National Historic Site), and gift shop.

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Number of Destinations:3

Overall Tour Time:1 day

African American Day Tour 2 - Windsor



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