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Black war vets remembered at Amherstburg museum

The North American Black Historical Museum in Amherstburg is highlighting how black Canadians were involved in World War I.
A new exhibit remembering black Canadian war vets in opens today, and runs until Dec. 14. (North American Black Historical Museum/Facebook)

The North American Black Historical Museum in Amherstburg is highlighting how black Canadians were involved in World War I.

A new exhibit opens today, and runs until Dec. 14.

Terran Fader, the museum's curator, says the story needs to be shared.

"Local African Canadian families really will have a connection to this, so they'll see names that they'll recognize, relatives, friends and friends of family," she said. "So we're hoping to get them in, not just to learn more themselves, but also to share their stories with us.

"We're looking for more information from them. Maybe they can share the experiences that their family members had with us."

Fader says through research, the museum found more than 200 blacks from southwestern Ontario were involved with the war.

She says the museum used  different archives, searched online as well and reached out to people who had family members who served.

"There's just definitely a lot of research going into it," Fader said.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

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