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An annual celebration will be held at Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site in Dresden on Saturday.

Emancipation Day is an annual celebration of hope and freedom commemorating the end of slavery in the British Empire on August 1, 1834.

Special programming includes an interactive exhibit, speakers and musical performances.

The event is geared towards families and people of all ages

There is free admission for the day, and it runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about Uncle Tom’s Cabin visit: heritagetrust.on.ca

Here is the complete itinerary:

10:25 a.m. Welcoming remarks

10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Drumming performances by Babarinde Williams – Back by popular demand, Nigerian-born Babarinde Williams will bring out the beat and rhythm in your soul with his interactive West African-style drumming demonstration. Take part by drumming along to new songs and dances.

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Musical performances by singer Simone Soman – Known for her powerful and expressive voice, acclaimed singer Simone Soman will perform on the Emancipation Day stage.

11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Singing, dancing and drumming with Toronto’s TC3 Youth Choir – Experience how Toronto’s TC3 Youth Choir promotes, develops and encourages youth through inspirational song, dance and Afro-Caribbean drumming.

1:30 p.m. Curator Francis Jeffers from the International African Inventors Museum – Curator Francis Jeffers explores some of the many creative contributions and inventions made by African Canadian, African British, African Caribbean and Continental African people.


– Tami Schram File Photo