Emancipation Day: Celebrating Freedom in Canada

Emancipation Day: Celebrating Freedom in Canada

by Natasha L. Henry

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554887170
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Natasha Henry is the director of programs and an elementary teacher at a private school in the Greater Toronto area. She is also a curriculum consultant and speaker, specializing in the development of learning materials that focus on the African experience. Natasha has developed the educational programs for two innovative exhibits on African Canadian history: ...and Still I Rise and Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada. Natasha live in Mississaga, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Foreword Afua Cooper 9

Acknowledgements 15

Introduction: Background on an African-Canadian Celebration 17

Locations of Emancipation Day Celebrations in Canada 22

Part I Interpreting Emancipation Day Celebrations 23

Chapter 1 Exploring the Meaning of Emancipation Day 25

Church Attendance and Religious Services 28

Parades 29

Emancipation Day Parade Symbols 30

Military Marching Bands 32

Annual Feasts 33

Toasts and Resolutions 33

Speeches 34

Remembrance 35

Chapter 2 From Enslavement to Freedom 37

Part II The Route to Celebrations in Ontario 45

Chapter 3 Southwestern Ontario 47

Essex County 47

Amherstburg 47

Sandwich 55

Windsor 60

Kent County 73

Chatham 73

Dawn and Dresden 87

Middlesex County: London 94

Oxford County: Norwich 103

Chapter 4 Central Ontario 108

Brantford 108

Hamilton 113

Oakville 122

Toronto 124

Chapter 5 The Niagara Region 144

Chapter 6 Around the Northern Terminus 151

Grey County: Owen Sound 151

Queen's Bush 156

Simcoe County: Collingwood and Oro 158

Part III Celebrations in Other Parts of Canada 165

Chapter 7 Quebec: Montreal 167

Chapter 8 The Maritimes 173

Nova Scotia 173

New Brunswick 180

Chapter 9 British Columbia 185

Part IV Other Elements of Emancipation Day 197

Chapter 10 The Role of Women in Emancipation Day Celebrations 199

Chapter 11 Dissent and Diminution 204

Chapter 12 The Evolution of Emancipation Day 208

Chapter 13 The Legacy of Emancipation Day Celebrations 215

Epilogue 221

Appendix A Letter to Queen Victoria, 1854 226

Appendix B Emancipation Song: "Get Off the Track!" 228

Notes 231

Bibliography 258

Index 266

About the Author 283

What People are Saying About This

Dr. Henry Bishop

Emancipation is not only a word in the dictionary, but an action to liberate one's destiny. This outstanding book is superb in the interpretation of "the power of freedom" in one's heart and mind – moving from 1834 to present.

Dr. Henry Bishop Black Cultural Centre

Emancipation is not only a word in the dictionary, but an action to liberate one's destiny. This outstanding book is superb in the interpretation of "the power of freedom" in one's heart and mind – moving from 1834 to present.

From the Publisher

"The book will be an eye opener for many who are unaware of black history in Canada."

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