Media Advisory - Ontario Heritage Trust celebrates Heritage Week 2008 in Hamilton

    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ -

    Date:        Friday, February 15, 2008 - 10 a.m. (doors open at
                 9:30 a.m.)
    Location:    Scottish Rite Club of Hamilton
                 4 Queen Street South
    Directions:  At the southwest corner of Queen Street and King Street
                 West, Hamilton
    Photo        The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander unveils provincial
    opportunity  plaque with The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Ontario Minister
                 of Culture, and The Honourable Michael Chan, Ontario
                 Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
    Contact:     Gordon Pim
                 Marketing and Communications Coordinator
                 Telephone: 416-325-1484

    Join the Ontario Heritage Trust and the City of Hamilton as we celebrate
Heritage Week 2008 at the Scottish Rite Club of Hamilton. As part of this
event, the Trust will unveil a provincial plaque to commemorate The Early
Black Community in Hamilton.
    The theme for Heritage Week 2008 - "Engaging citizens in community
conservation" - provides an opportunity to showcase conservation success
stories and to demonstrate the resources available to people involved in the
important work of heritage conservation in communities across Ontario. These
Heritage Week celebrations will also include volunteer recognition awards and
a Heritage Expo of displays from community heritage and historical groups.
    The provincial plaque unveiling - developed with funding support from the
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration as well as TD Bank Financial
Group - commemorates Hamilton's early black community.
    In the early 1800s, Hamilton was an important stop on the Underground
Railroad for African Americans seeking freedom from slavery and oppression. By
the 1830s, two distinct enclaves of black settlement developed in Hamilton.
Members of the early black community farmed and worked in a variety of trades
and professions. Achievements throughout this time included the fight against
segregated schools and joining the fight to defend black freedom in Canada
during the Rebellion of 1837. Many other blacks contributed significantly to
their city and paved the way for future black settlement and achievement.

    The Ontario Heritage Trust's Provincial Plaque Program commemorates
significant people, places and events in Ontario's history. Since 1953, over
1,200 provincial plaques have been unveiled.

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For further information: Gordon Pim, Marketing and Communications
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