Columbian students visit local historic sites


By Joel Charron

The Fort Malden National Historic Site and the North American Black Historical Museum (NABHM) recently had some foreign visitors roaming their grounds.

Roughly 47 students from Columbia made an educational stop in Amherstburg. The students toured Fort Malden before meeting NABHM curator/administrator Kenn Stanton at the museum.

Stanton said the students are part of seasonal tours that the NABHM through Academie Ste. Cecil in Windsor.

According to Stanton the students who visit are usual that of the Grade 5 level. The groups can range from 15 to 50 that feature students from Mexico, Nicaragua, Chicago and Philadelphia.

“So far this year more than 300 Grade 5 students from Columbia, Mexico and Nigeria have visited the North American Black Historical Museum in tours organized by Academie Ste. Cecile,” said Stanton.


North American Black Historical Museum curator/administrator Kenn Stanton gives a presentation to a group of 47 Colombian students recently.

He added the students trip to Canada are arranged to “enrich” their spoken English. He also mentioned while at the museum the students learn how Africans were brought to North, South and Central America, sold as slaves and how they escaped to Canada for their freedom.

Students are also encouraged to explore the museum’s exhibits to complete a cooperative activity aimed at strengthen the student’s ability to read, write and speak English.

Academie Ste. Cecile ambassador, Pat Hanna said the students come to the school for four weeks at a time for its English program, however, Hanna noted the school wants to educate the students on Canadian heritage and history.

“The Black Museum and Fort Malden are a very big part of this area,” said Hanna. “We are very fortunate to have Kenn here, is excellent at explaining all the details.”

Hanna said it is important to show the students some of the contributions Canada has made in becoming the nation it is today.

He also mentioned the students also make a trip out to Pointe Pelee, which is a favorite amongst the students because many of the birds that live in the region migrate to their country.

“Visiting these places shows them something they may not have witnessed in their country and it’s educational,” said Hanna. “The students are learning even though you may think they aren’t.”

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