The Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS) was formed after the British Methodist Episcopal (BME) Church was listed for sale in November 2011.  This historical stone church was built in 1880 by formerly enslaved Black individuals and their descendants who reached Canada, via the famed Underground Railroad. Today under the stewardship of the GBHS, the renamed Heritage Hall acts as a cultural centre and community resource hosting cultural and educational programs and events.

Heritage Hall is the only Black-focused facility in the region representing a critical historical record and offering a unique, welcoming contribution to Guelph’s growing culturally diverse population.   The GBHS raises awareness in Guelph of both local (Guelph/Wellington) and national Black heritage as well as addressing issues social issues of importance to Black Canadian communities.  In 2020, the GBHS launched its education initiative #Change Starts Now which provides educational programming on Black history and culture as well as relevant resources on diversity, discrimination and anti-racism.

Financial sustainability is a key driver for GBHS. It’s our goal to diversify our revenue sources to sustain our building, continue existing events, activities and educational programs, plus create, develop and support new ones in response to community need and demand.    

We are pleased to announce The Heritage Hall Heart & Soul Campaign—a fundraising effort to expand and revitalize resources and programming at the Guelph Black Heritage Society. It’s a significant and compelling opportunity for individuals, businesses and government to partner to create a place where art, culture and inclusiveness converge…a place that meets and exceeds the expectations of every visitor…a place that every resident of Guelph can point to with pride.

Investors in Heritage Hall hold the power to inspire creative energy, nurture the spirit and advance the cultural prosperity of Guelph and our region. If you are passionate about the place where you live, work and play, the Heritage Hall Heart & Soul Campaign is a worthy investment…and a meaningful way to foster and build a rich legacy in the city of Guelph. Stay tuned for more details in the days and weeks to come!

In the meantime, here’s how you can support GBHS now!

Make a donation to GBHS

Support our partnership with  Lantern Brew Coffee or Dream Makers Tea. These exclusive blends have been created for GBHS through a collaboration with Lost Aviator Coffee Co., The Daily Grind (519) and A Cup of Te.  A portion of sales will be donated to the GBHS.

Show your support of GBHS by purchasing branded items and merchandise, including mugs, hats and scarves.

Thank you for your generous support of GBHS!

To find out more about GBHS giving opportunities, please contact

The Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS) is a registered charity.  Registration # 80158 3907 RR0001

Tax receipts will be issued for donations $25 or greater.

Funds donated to the GBHS go towards supporting programs and events and the improvement, maintenance and operation of the Heritage Hall.