Continue to learn about Alberta’s Black History by exploring the following resources:
Edmonton’s Gospel Music Scene by Anmarie Bailey https://citymuseumedmonton.ca/2020/08/26/edmontons-gospel-music-scene/
Judi Singh: A Black & South Asian musician from 1950s-70s Edmonton by Poushali Mitra
The Last Black West: Oklahoma Freedmen Seek Refuge in Alberta, Part 1 by Dr. Russell Cobb https://citymuseumedmonton.ca/2021/02/09/the-last-black-west-oklahoma-freedmen-seek-refuge-in-alberta-part-1/
The Last Black West: Oklahoma Freedmen Seek Refuge in Alberta, Part 2 by Dr. Russell Cobb https://citymuseumedmonton.ca/2021/02/09/the-last-black-west-oklahoma-freedmen-seek-refuge-in-alberta-part-2/
The Porter: Building a Better Canada for All by Donna Coombs-Montrose
Alberta Labour History Institute, Index to Interviews for Black Communities in Alberta
Black Communities in Alberta, by Dr. Jennifer Kelly, Alberta Labour History Institute http://albertalabourhistory.org/black-communities-in-alberta/
Black Settlers of Alberta & Saskatchewan Historical Society: http://www.blacksettlers.ca/Welcome.html
Breton and District Historical Museum: http://www.bretonmuseum.ca
‘Call Me Auntie’: Excavating the Histories of Black Women Pioneers in Western Canada by Cheryl Foggo https://www.ideas-idees.ca/blog/call-me-auntie-excavating-histories-black-women-pioneers-western-canada
“Canadian Expeditionary Force No. 2 Construction Battalion (1914-1918),” by C. Smith, 2016. https://www.blackpast.org/global-african-history/no-2-construction-battalion-canadian-expeditionary-force-1914-1918/
“Finding Lulu: One Man’s Quest to find Himself in his own City” by Bashir Mohamed http://theyardsyeg.ca/finding-lulu
Hatti’s Harlem Chicken Inn, Royal Alberta Museum podcast: https://royalalbertamuseum.ca/podcasts
John Ware Reclaimed, directed by Cheryl Foggo, prod. Bonnie Thompson and David Christensen. National Film Board of Canada, 2020. https://www.nfb.ca/film/john-ware-reclaimed/
My Canada by Donna Coombs-Montrose, Alberta Labour History http://albertalabourhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Donna-Coombs-Montrose_My-Canada_pp.-82-84.pdf
The Chicken Inn Across the Road: https://royalalbertamuseumblog.tumblr.com/post/171214699313/the-chicken-inn-across-the-road
“The Evolution of Shiloh Baptist Church and Black History” by Anmarie Bailey, Diversity Magazine: https://www.diversitymag.ca/the-evolution-of-shiloh-baptist-church-and-black-history/
The story of Fil Fraser, Canada’s first Black broadcaster: https://royalalbertamuseum.ca/blog/fil-fraser
Secret Alberta: The Former Life of Amber Valley, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxXJubB2cPQ
Secret Calgary: Kicking Up A Fuss, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLSxERRq8p0
Shiloh Baptist Church – History, https://www.eshilohbc.com/history
The Road Taken, directed by Selwyn Jacob. National Film Board of Canada, 1996. https://www.nfb.ca/film/road_taken/
Virtual Exhibit: The Story of Windrush– The history and impact of the people who characterised mass migration in Britain
“We Are the Roots: Black Settlers and their Experiences of Discrimination on the Canadian Prairies,” Bailey and Soda films: https://vimeo.com/257364347
“We Want to Breathe,” by Donna Coombs-Montrose https://albertalabourhistory.org/we-want-to-breathe/
Cui, Dan and Jennifer Kelly. “Our Negro Citizens: An Example of Everyday Citizenship Practices.” In The West and Beyond : New Perspectives on an Imagined Region, edited by Alvin Finkel, Sarah Carter, Peter Fortna. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 2010: 253-277.
Kelly, Jennifer and Mikael Wossen-Taffesse, “The Black Canadian: An Exposition of Race, Gender and Citizenship,” Journal of Canadian Studies; Winter 2012, Vol. 46 Issue 1, p167-192.
Foster, Cecil, They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada. Windsor: Biblioasis, 2019.
Palmer, Howard and Tamara, “Urban Blacks in Alberta,” Alberta History, v. 29, no. 3 (1981): pp. 8-18. http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/9021.29.3/10.html
Shepherd, R. Bruce, “Diplomatic Racism: Canadian Government and Black Migration from Oklahoma, 1905-1912,” Great Plains Quarterly, 3, no. 1 (Winter 1983), pp. 5-16.
Vernon, Karina, ed. The Black Prairie Archives: An Anthology. Wilfred Laurier Press, 2020.
Edmonton Public Library Picks: Black History in Canada reading list, https://epl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/383358238/1087696417
Header photo: William George & Alice Cromwell with sons Dermont and Whitney, no date. Image courtesy of the Charles Irby Collection, CEMA 10, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of California, Santa Barbara.