Pay tribute to freedom at Emancipation Day Family Picnic!

Monday, July 25, 2011 – for immediate release

Pay tribute to freedom at Emancipation Day Family Picnic!

Bring the family to the Emancipation Day Family Picnic at George’s Square on Monday, August 1, and celebrate a significant achievement in Canadian history. The annual picnic, hosted by the Oakville Museum in partnership with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH) kicks off at 1 p.m. with a variety of fun activities for the entire family.

“The Emancipation Day Family Picnic speaks to our town’s rich heritage and teaches our children about Oakville’s place in history as a safe destination for runaway slaves during the 1850s and 60s,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “This celebration is an important reminder of our past and it’s a privilege to be part of this tradition every year.”

The picnic commemorates August 1, 1834 — the day slavery was abolished in Canada and throughout the British Empire. Oakville’s Emancipation Day Picnic dates back to 1850, when African-Canadians from across the nation would gather in Oakville in honour of their journey to freedom.

The following events are scheduled throughout the afternoon, so don’t forget your lawn chairs:

story circle with the Oakville Public Library
interactive drama presentation
book signing by teacher and Canadian author Natasha L. Henry of her new book, Emancipation Day: Celebrating Freedom in Canada
children’s activities including games, crafts and a scavenger hunt
performances by the Muhtadi World Drummers, the CCAH Steel Band and the Hope Gospel Choir

“Oakville was known for its busy port and fleet of grain ships and was a notable entry point for those who made their escape to Canada via the Underground Railroad,” said Susan Crane, learning and community development officer for the Oakville Museum. “This event is an amazing opportunity to share stories, celebrate and rejoice.”

 This event will take place rain or shine.


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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Pay tribute to freedom at Emancipation Day Family Picnic!