DRESDEN, ON, July 31, 2012 /CNW/ - Join us at Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site for Emancipation Day - an annual celebration of hope and freedom commemorating the end of slavery in the British Empire.
|Saturday, August 4, 2012
|10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
|Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site
|29251 Uncle Tom's Road, Dresden
Everyone is welcome for this fun and educational day featuring traditional African music, story-telling and lectures. Admission is free - thanks to the support of the RBC Foundation.
Located in Dresden, approximately three hours west of Toronto, Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site has parking and is fully accessible. The site is owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust.
Schedule of activities:
Stitching Together Stories - 10:30 a.m.
Mother Cora Ferris unfolds a series of imaginative tales from the memories of Underground Railroad ancestors.
Music with a Message - 11 a.m.
Powerful and melodic are two words that can describe the voice of Denise Pelley, winner of several jazz musical awards.
BBQ Lunch - 12 p.m.
A Rallying Point - 1 p.m.
Wayne Kelly recalls the important role played by Black troops during the War of 1812 and the Rebellion of 1837 in defending Upper Canada.
Soul Impressions - 1:30 p.m.
Performing songs from his sophomore album, soul singer and pianist John Campbell covers a range of artists from Bob Marley to Jann Arden and Lady Gaga.
Tell Us Another Story, Please - 2:15 p.m.
A crowd pleaser from the 2011 Emancipation Day celebrations, storyteller Maymette Dolberry returns with more fascinating tales of slavery to freedom.
Learning a New Language Through Song - 2:45 p.m.
Bring your child to the morning workshop and hear them perform in the afternoon! Nigerian Jumoke Jegede teaches songs of inspiration and joy in her native African tongue.
Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site commemorates the life of Josiah Henson, a former slave, who escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad. Henson rose to international fame after Harriet Beecher Stowe acknowledged his memoirs as a source for her novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. Settling in southwestern Ontario, Henson worked to improve life for the Black community and helped to establish the Dawn Settlement. He would go on to become an internationally recognized abolitionist, preacher and conductor on the Underground Railroad.
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SOURCE: Ontario Heritage Trust
For further information:
Site Manager, Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site
Email: [email protected]