Celebrate Emancipation Day 2022 The debut of new site
Saturday, July 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Join us for Emancipation Day at Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic
Site – an annual celebration of hope and freedom commemorating the end of slavery in the British Empire. This year is extra special as we unveil a new name that better reflects the true history of the site – don’t miss out!
Everyone is welcome for this free, fun and educational day featuring music, poetry and presentations. Seating is available or you can bring your own lawn chair.
Can’t join in person?
We’ll be sharing a livestream on the Ontario Heritage Trust’s social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Schedule of activities:
Debut of new name - Join us for the unveiling
of the new site name at Noon
Amaria Phillips 10:40 a.m. and 1:45 pm.
Amaria Phillips is the
co-founder and President of Concordia University’s Black Student Union. She’ll present two original works of poetry.
Tracy Cain 10:50 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
musician Tracy Cain is a fifth-generation Black Canadian with roots in North Buxton, St. Catharines and the Queen’s Bush settlement. Her warm, smooth vocal stylings are influenced by gospel, jazz and R&B.
Vick 11 a.m.
Great-great-grandson of Josiah Henson, Reverend Terrence Vick will bring remarks on behalf of the Henson family.
Kwame Delfish 11:15
a.m. and 1:50 p.m.
An artist and designer commissioned by the Royal Canadian Mint to design the Underground Railroad commemorative coin for Black History Month 2022, Delfish will speak about his creative process and his work in commemorating
Black history and the Underground Railroad.
Susan Cooke Soderberg 11:35 a.m.
A public historian and freelance writer from Maryland, Soderberg is the author of an upcoming
biography entitled The Real Josiah Henson: One Man's Journey from Enslavement to Celebrity.
Heritage Singers Canada 11:55 a.m. and 2 p.m.
A crowd favourite, Heritage
Singers Canada return to Emancipation Day to conduct a musical journey from slavery to freedom.
An Enduring Dawn: Dresden’s Black presence in the 19th century All day
exhibit highlighting the role people of African descent have played in the early development of the town of Dresden.
Culture Craft 10 a.m. to Noon
Art activity for kids.
Lunch is available for purchase, with food and desserts from Dresden Sidestreets Youth Centre.