Emancipation Day Family Picnic

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Date(s) - Monday, August 4, 2014
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm



The special annual event commemorates August 1, 1834 — the day slavery was abolished in Canada and throughout the British Empire. The Emancipation Day picnic dates back to 1850, when African Canadians from across the nation would gather at Oakville’s George’s Square to honour their journey to freedom.

The free afternoon will feature music, dance, games, crafts and activities highlighting Oakville’s role in the Underground Railroad as a port of entry to Canada.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic lunch or purchase delicious Caribbean food from Jerk + Ting. Enjoy lakeside performances by Tsingory Dance, the Hope Gospel Choir, Drums et al, and singer Geraldine DeFoe. Bring a drum and be part of the drum circle!

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