Black History: Honouring the Past. Inspiring the Future.

When 12 runaway slaves fled north through the underground railroad in their quest for freedom, they saw Canada as a promising, new land of opportunity. Their vision was clear: to form a Church to be a cornerstone in the community. They faced racism and adversity but persevered. Created in 1826, First Baptist Church was the first Black institution in Toronto. Today, we are committed to building on the legacy of our forebearers’ courage, vision and contribution to society.

Part of that commitment is ensuring to share the story of our history and the contributions of Canada’s Black community to society.

Each February, we recognize Black History Month with special activities, displays, guest speakers and youth performances. We also have a Heritage Room with historical accounts, photos and artifacts that is open for visits. But we need a new way to inspire and inform today’s and future generations. We have exciting plans underway for a new multi-media project:  “Lights, Camera, Action: Bringing Black History to Life”.