Fonds F 0136 - E. Andrea Moore collection

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E. Andrea Moore collection

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F 0136

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  • 1867-2005; predominantly 1930s-1980s (Creation)

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1.25 m textual records
100 b&w print photographs

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E. Andrea Moore (1946-2005) was an advocate, community builder, and memory-keeper for the Black community of Windsor, Ontario, and a proud fifth-generation descendant of enslaved African-Americans who freed themselves by escaping to Canada via the Underground Railroad. She was born Ethel Andrea Shreve, daughter of Abraham and Ethel Winifred (née Christian) Shreve, and grew up with siblings Catherine Lucille (Shreve) Adu-Peasah, Claudia Maria Shreve, James Eric Shreve, and Muriel Joanne Shreve. With husband Fitz Moore (a Caribbean-Canadian from Trinidad and Tobago via England) she raised daughter Irene, often discussing their family history around the kitchen table.

Andrea Moore worked for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) for over twenty years, while also giving extensive time and energy to her community and its history. She served as president of the Windsor and District Black Coalition, was an advisor to the Sankofa News, and spent 16 years as a member of the Hour-a-Day Study Club. She also took an active role in church life, including time spent as a Sunday School teacher, as a connectional trustee and conference treasurer of the British Methodist Episcopal (BME) Church, and as a member of All Saints’ Anglican Church. Andrea Moore enjoyed historical research projects, collected and preserved a wide array of documents and photos relating to Black history in the Windsor area, and was a frequent public speaker on Black history topics. She founded and served as president of the Essex County Black Historical Research Society, and chaired the Underground Railroad Monument Committee of Windsor (whose efforts resulted in the 2001 unveiling of a monument in downtown Windsor, with a counterpart in Detroit). She was a founding board member for the North American Black Historical Museum (now the Amherstburg Freedom Museum) where she established volunteer tour guide training and often led tours herself. Her many years as a community builder were honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.

Sources: Obituary for Ethel Andrea Moore, Families First Funeral Home,; “Christian Family History – Part 5,” Amherstburg Freedom Museum,; Simone J. Smith, “The Power of Ancestral Knowledge: Author and Historian Irene Moore Davis,” Toronto Caribbean (3 April 2019), (all accessed 27 September 2021).

Scope and content

This collection provides glimpses into community and associational life for people of African descent in Windsor, Ontario between the late 19th and early 21st centuries, with an emphasis on the mid-20th century. It is divided into nine thematic series.

Series I contains records of the British Methodist Episcopal (BME) Church, 1873-1999, both Windsor-specific and national. Included are doctrinal books, church registers and membership rolls, land indentures, annual reports, church histories, orders of service, ephemera, press clippings, correspondence, conference programmes, and photographs of historic BME chapels in Windsor, Woodstock, and Chatham, some of which have since been demolished.

Series II consists of administrative and financial records and ephemera from the annual Emancipation Celebration held in Windsor, 1837-1983, including papers of the British-American Association of Coloured Brothers of Ontario, souvenir programmes, and photographs of Emancipation parades ca. late 1950s/early 1960s.

Series III contains minutes, financial records, correspondence and two newspaper clippings from a committee to organize a concert in Jackson Park in affiliation with a conference of the National Association of Negro Musicians, 1955-1956.

Series IV contains minutes, correspondence, and a guest book from the International Women’s Committee (of Black women in Windsor in Detroit) relating to speakers and events in conjunction with Emancipation events, 1954-1956.

Series V holds the constitution, minutes, financial records, history, correspondence, and event-related ephemera (1940-1960) of the Armstead Club, a sporting and social club that also provided youth scholarships. Of special interest is a letter from the first scholarship recipient reflecting on being one of only a few Black students at Queen’s University in the late 1940s.

Series VI consists of minutes, ephemera, and correspondence of the War Mothers Protective League, 1943-1945, which provided morale-boosting cards and gifts to local armed forces personnel serving abroad during the Second World War. One file contains letters of thanks from the servicemen themselves.

Series VII contains minutes, history, and correspondence of the Central Citizens’ Association, 1929-1958, an organization that advocated for the rights and opportunities of Black citizens in Windsor and organized collective action including social clubs, mentoring, boycotts, and political activism.

Series VIII consists of a small number of administrative records – constitution, financial records, names of members (1867-1881) – from the Lydian Association of Windsor, a working women’s mutual aid group that provided financial and nursing support to sick or injured members.

Series IX contains personal records from the Christian/Shreve/Moore family, consisting of A.S. Shreve’s course notes from his flight engineer training in 1944. (Note: further accruals to Series IX are expected.)

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good; a few items poor (torn or fragile due to age)


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  • English

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Some copyrights now expired; others retained by creators. Copyright law and principles of fair dealing apply.

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Associated materials

F 2076 (Alvin D. McCurdy fonds), Archives of Ontario;
Family history files, Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society;
Artifact collections of the Amherstburg Freedom Museum

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