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Black History Symposium 2020

Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society - May

Emancipation Day 2020

Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site - August 1

Join Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site online this year for a virtual Emancipation Celebration running July 27 to August 1. Guest speakers and performers will include: The Heritage Singers Canada, Natasha Henry, Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard and Preston Chase – plus more! And enjoy a virtual tour of Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site. Follow our social media channels for more information and programming updates.

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 provided a vehicle to lobby for Black rights in Canada and the abolition of American slavery. 

Buxton Homecoming 2020

Buxton National Historic Site & Museum - Labour Day Weekend
Join Buxton National Historic Site & Museum for a virtual celebration this year! Details to follow soon.