Many communities in Ontario began celebrating Emancipation Day after the Abolition of Slavery Act became law on August 1, 1834. The day was especially popular in places where freedom seekers from plantations in the United States settled – most notably Sandwich (now Windsor), Toronto, Hamilton and Owen Sound. And, of course, the Dawn Settlement in Dresden celebrated as well.
In the 19th century, Emancipation Day was an important expression of identity for the Black community and anti-slavery activists. It gave people the opportunity to celebrate the end of slavery in Canada and the British Empire with parades, music, food and dancing. The day also provided a vehicle to lobby for Black rights in Canada and the abolition of American slavery.
Emancipation Day continues in Ontario today. In 2010, Windsor marked its 175th Emancipation Day. Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site has revived the spirit of emancipation and continues to celebrate Emancipation Day every year.
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The inspiring story of Josiah Henson whose autobiography became the model for the groundbreaking novel that started the American Civil War: Uncle Tom's Cabin.
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