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Black History Events

Emancipation Day 

Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History

This year, Emancipation Day Celebrations are taking place at the Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History on Saturday, July 29. Details available online coming soon. 

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. 

North Buxton Homecoming 

Buxton National Historic Site & Museum

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the North Buxton Homecoming weekend. This year, join the thousands expected to attend the four day event taking place at Buxton National Historic Site & Museum September 1 - 4 (Labour Day Weekend). A new addition to the weekend celebrates and supports Black and local business owners and entrepreneurs. Details available online coming soon.

Buxton Homecoming Black Vendors Market 

  • September 2, 11am - 5pm
  • September 3, 11am - 3pm
  • September 4, 11am - 5pm