159th Annual Emancipation Festival

159th Annual Emancipation Festival

Join us on Sunday August 1 at NOON for a virtual experience of reflection, storytelling and entertainment to celebrate Emancipation Day. This virtual experience is an alternative to the annual festivities that take place in Owen Sound, the most northern terminus of the Underground Railroad and the longest continuous running emancipation picnic in North America.

August 1, 2021 will be the first Emancipation Day since Bill M-36 was unanimously passed in the House of Commons to officially recognize this significant day across Canada. Celebrate this special occasion with us as we inform, educate, recognize and celebrate, those who made the Underground Railroad journey possible - from Slavery to Freedom.

Featured speakers, performers and storytellers include the Honourable Wanda Thomas Barnard, Senator – Nova Scotia (East Preston), Owen Sound’s Mayor Ian Boddy, Members of Parliament Alex Ruff (Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound), Majid Jowhari (Richmond Hill) and Matthew Green (Hamilton Centre), Dr. Afua Cooper, Ontario’s Poet Laureate Randell Adjei, and many others. Musicians Bobby Dean Blackburn, Brooke Blackburn, Harrison Kennedy, Michael Dunston, Eugene Smith, Josh Ritchie and other artists will also be showcased. 

For more details please visit www.emancipation.ca and join us on Sunday August 1 at NOON on our YouTube Channel.

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Owen Sound ON N4K 3E3

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