Celebrate freedom at Emancipation Day Picnic

Wednesday, August 01, 2012 – for immediate release

Celebrate freedom at Emancipation Day Picnic

On Monday, August 6, bring your family and friends to the Emancipation Day Family Picnic at the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate to celebrate an achievement in Canadian history. The annual picnic kicks off at 1 p.m. and is hosted by the Oakville Museum in partnership with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH).

The picnic, which commemorates August 1, 1834 – the day slavery was abolished in Canada and throughout the British Empire, will include a number of fun activities, performances and musical fun for the entire family.

“The Emancipation Day Family Picnic honours Oakville’s rich heritage and helps to highlight our place in Canadian history as a safe destination for runaway slaves during the 1850s and 60s,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Each time we celebrate this important milestone, we are reminded of the progressive nature of our community and how privileged we are to live in Canada.”

The following events are scheduled throughout the afternoon, so lawn chairs are a must:

story circle — ‘Anansi the Spider’, a tale from the Ashanti
special performance by Tsingory Dance Group
children’s activities including games and crafts
performances by the CCAH Steel Band and the Hope Centre Gospel Choir

“The Emancipation Day Picnic dates back to 1850, when African-Canadians from all over Canada would come to Oakville to honour their flight to freedom,” said Susan Crane, learning and community development officer for the Oakville Museum. “This year, we are excited to welcome the Tsingory Dance Group who will perform dances from the island of Madagascar. Their energy and passion will be a great addition to the picnic and a vibrant reminder of freedom.”

The CCAH promotes mutual respect among members of the community by providing public education, programs and activities that bridge understanding between ethno cultural groups, institutions and the community.

The Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate is located at 8 Navy Street. For more information on this event, or other Oakville Museum programs and activities, please contact the at 905-338-4400, or visit the Oakville Museum page.


For more information contact

Susan Crane
Learning and Community Development Officer, Oakville Museum
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 5019

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Celebrate freedom at Emancipation Day Picnic