Emancipation Day Family Event

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Date(s) - Monday, August 6, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Erchless Estate


A free afternoon of music, games, crafts and activities celebrates Oakville’s role in the Underground Railroad as a port of entry.

Hosted by the Oakville Museum in partnership with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH), this special event commemorates August 1, 1834 — the day slavery was abolished in Canada and throughout the British Empire.

Oakville’s Emancipation Day Event dates back to 1850, when African Canadians from across the nation would gather at George’s Square in honour of their journey to freedom.

Performances include:

  1. jazz gospel singer John Campbell,
  2. Caribbean musician Roger Gibbs performing a mix of acoustic original and traditional songs,
  3. Hope Centre Gospel Choir
  4. Neema Children’s Choir.
  5. African drumming, steelpan

For Children there will be crafts and games