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Black History Events

Emancipation Day 

Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History

Emancipation Day commemorates the Abolition of Slavery Act, which became law on August 1, 1834. This act freed more than 800,000 people of African descent throughout the British Empire. Since then, Emancipation Day has been celebrated on or near August 1 each year. In the 19th century, Emancipation Day was an important expression of identity for the Black community and anti-slavery activists. It gave people the opportunity to celebrate the end of slavery in Canada and the British Empire with parades, music, food and dancing. The day also provides a platform to lobby for Black rights in Canada and the abolition of American slavery. 

Buxton Homecoming 

Buxton National Historic Site & Museum - Labour Day Weekend - Details coming soon