Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site hosts Emancipation Day celebration

    DRESDEN, ON, July 23 /CNW/ - Come to Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site on
Saturday, August 2 for Emancipation Day - a celebration of hope and freedom
commemorating the end of slavery in the British Empire.
    Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a day of fun-filled activities, from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This uplifting and educational event will include moving
spiritual music, inspiring stories and African-Canadian cuisine. A guided tour
of the historic site will be offered at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
    This year's Emancipation Day Celebration is supported by the RBC

    Schedule of activities:
    Saxophone for the Soul - 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
    Leonard Brown III, an accomplished saxophonist, comforts the soul with a
warm presentation of blues and gospel classics.

    The Pulse of History - 10:45 a.m. and 2 p.m.
    Accompanied by tribal drums, storyteller Adwoa Badoe uses songs, chants
and the spoken word to transport the audience back to the era of slavery.

    Bringing Down the House - 11 a.m.
    Diana Lot gets the cabin rocking and feet tapping with her debut
presentation of gospel straight from the heart of Africa.

    Timeless Tales - 11:35 a.m.
    Blenheim's own Mother Cora Farris brings the art of storytelling to life
with a series of imaginative tales.

    Inspirational Spirituals - 11:35 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
    Missionary Sharon Wilson of Windsor uses faith to inspire her audience,
singing a medley of modern gospel and authentic slave hymnals.

    The Fabric of Our Lives - 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
    Appealing to both the visual and the tactile, international scholar
Dr. Ronald Trojcak leads us through Africa's modern textile industry,
illuminating the lives of its voiceless workers and the challenges they face.

    The Reverend Josiah Henson - 1 p.m.
    John Campbell, a Toronto-based performance artist, reanimates the
historic Reverend Josiah Henson and traces his inspirational journey to

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site takes its name from Harriet Beecher
Stowe's anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, featuring a character loosely
based on Reverend Josiah Henson. Henson, a former slave, escaped to Canada via
the Underground Railroad. Settling in southwestern Ontario, he 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.
    The five-acre museum site includes an interpretive centre featuring the
exhibit I'll Use My Freedom Well, as well as three historic buildings
(including Henson's former home), two cemeteries and a gift shop. 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, an agency of the Government of Ontario 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: catrina.colme@heritagetrust.on.ca, www.heritagetrust.on.ca;
For site information: Steven Cook, Site Manager, Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic
Site, Telephone: (519) 683-2978, E-mail: utchs@heritagetrust.on.ca,

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