Celebrate Emancipation Day at Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site

August 5, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site
Youth dancing at Emancipation Day, people visiting Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join us at Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site for Emancipation Day – an annual celebration of hope and freedom commemorating the end of slavery in the British Empire on August 1, 1834. Everyone is welcome at this fun and educational day featuring interactive theatre performances, live music and a photo essay presentation.

This event is presented as part of the Ontario Heritage Trust’s MyOntario – A vision over time, a conversation among Ontarians about our experiences, identities, values and aspirations.

Free admission!

Emancipation Day performers - The Motown Boys, Yuri Dojc and Bright Star Theatre


10 a.m. Welcoming remarks

10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Interactive performances by Bright Star Theatre

History comes to life in two captivating interactive performances from Bright Star Theatre. Black History: Heroes, Soldiers and Spies shines a spotlight on some of the most exceptional stories and figures from Black history. Heroes of the Underground Railroad introduces you to the inspiring people behind the Underground Railroad, including Harriet Tubman, Levi Coffin, Henry “Box” Brown, John Parker and more.

11 a.m. and 1 p.m. North is Freedom: The Legacy of the Underground Railroad presentation by Yuri Dojc

Join renowned photographer Yuri Dojc on a powerful photographic journey to freedom, featuring descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery and came to Canada through the Underground Railroad.

11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Musical performances by The Motown Boys

Revel in the rhythms of motown’s greatest hits with this dynamic show from The Motown Boys.

Gift shop | Picnic area | Public washrooms | Parking | Accessible site | Bring your own lawn chair!

Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site is located in Dresden, approximately three hours west of Toronto. The site is owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust. Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site commemorates the life of Josiah Henson, a former slave, who escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad. Henson rose to international fame after Harriet Beecher Stowe acknowledged his memoirs as a source for her novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Settling in southwestern Ontario, Henson worked to improve life for the Black community and helped to establish the Dawn Settlement. He would go on to become an internationally recognized abolitionist, preacher and conductor on the Underground Railroad.

Emancipation Day is supported by:

RBC Foundation


Poster [PDF | 6 MB]


Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site
29251 Uncle Tom’s Road
Dresden, Ontario


For more information about Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site and Emancipation Day, contact Steven Cook at 519-683-2804 or steven.cook@heritagetrust.on.ca.

For more information about the Ontario Heritage Trust, contact Oksana Kravets at 416-325-5032 or oksana.kravets@heritagetrust.on.ca.