Media Advisory - Celebrate Emancipation Day at Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site

    TORONTO, Aug. 1 /CNW/ -

    Date:               Saturday, August 4, 2007, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Location:           29251 Uncle Tom's Road
                        Dresden, Ontario
    Special guests:     The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chairman of the
                        Ontario Heritage Trust
                        Maria Van Bommel, MPP, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex
    Photo opportunity:  Remarks at 11:30 a.m. followed by the unveiling of
                        new interpretive displays for Uncle Tom's Cabin
                        Historic Site
                        Book signing by Mr. Alexander at 12:45 p.m.

    Come to Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site on Saturday, August 4 for
Emancipation Day - a celebration of hope and freedom commemorating the end of
slavery in the British Empire. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy activities
throughout the day.

    Celebration of the Spiritual - 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
    Janet LaPlante, a local artist from Sarnia, will inspire and entertain
with musical performances of traditional Negro spirituals.

    From Slavery to Freedom: Storytelling for Children - 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
    The art of storytelling is brought to life by Don and Bonnie, as they
take you on a perilous journey from slavery to freedom. Through story and
song, children will be taken on an educational and entertaining trip back in

    The Honourable Josiah Henson - 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    A play portraying the life of Josiah Henson, performed by the Asbury
United Methodist Church, will tell the inspirational story of one man's
victory over oppression and his eventual escape to freedom in Canada.

    Welcome - 11:30 a.m.
    Remarks by Maria Van Bommel, MPP, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, and The
Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust and
former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, followed by the unveiling of new
interpretive displays for Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site.

    Book Signing - 12:45 p.m.
    Mr. Alexander will be available to autograph copies of his best-selling
book, "Go to School, You're a Little Black Boy": The Honourable Lincoln M.
Alexander: A Memoir.

    Where Body Meets Soul - 1:30 p.m.
    Destiny Through Praise Dance Ministry, under the leadership of Katherine
Blakely, will creatively interpret and express gospel music through movement
and dance.

    Visitors can also take a guided tour of the site at 10 a.m. or 2:30 p.m.
African-Canadian cuisine will also be available. Reduced admission rates for
the day are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, $3 for children (6-12) and $15 for
a family. Parking is available and the site is special needs accessible.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site is owned and operated by the Ontario
Heritage Trust, the province's lead heritage agency. The Trust is dedicated to
identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's built, cultural
and natural heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.

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For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries: Catrina Colme, Marketing
and Communications Coordinator, Ontario Heritage Trust, Telephone: (416)
325-5074, E-mail:,;
For site information: Steven Cook, Site Manager, Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic
Site, Ontario Heritage Trust, Telephone: (519) 683-2978, E-mail:,

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