Emancipation Playlist

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Listen to artists who have played at the Emancipation Festival Showcase:

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Stand By Me
Africa
At Last
Do it Now
Halleluja, I Love You

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Wednesday
Jan212009

A Whitewashing of History

Some say only the dead in this town can speak the truth about how a virtually all-black settlement in Canada turned virtually all-white. But then, some of the living won't let them.

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Wednesday
Jan212009

Black History Cairn Project

On July 31, 2004, the Black History Cairn Committee unveiled a commemorative Cairn during the 142nd Emancipation Day Celebrations at Harrison Park in Owen Sound. According to Webster's 1913 Dictionary, a cairn is "a rounded or conical heap of stones erected by early inhabitants of the British Isles, apparently as a sepulchral monument." In this case, the Cairn is a memorial to Owen Sound's Black settlers.

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Wednesday
Jan212009

Honored Slave Visited Owen Sound

A stamp has been issued commemorating Josiah Henson, a slave born near Port Tobacco, Maryland, in 1789. Some of his roots were planted in Owen Sound.

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Wednesday
Jan212009

Marisse Louisy

THE TORONTO STAR Monday, August 6, 2001

"It's hard for me to talk about it. It's over. I just want to live in peace!"
Rejection still troubles nurse

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Wednesday
Jan212009

Owen Sound's Black History

From about 1830 to the end of the American Civil War, escaped slaves made their way across the Canada-US border via the Underground Railroad. Many headed for the Village of Sydenham (Owen Sound), the last terminal of the Railroad and settled here, finding work and raising families. It is only recently that the contribution of these early settlers to the City’s development and growth has begun to be acknowledged.

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Wednesday
Jan212009

Presque Isle

Owen Sound Sun Time Article, August 3, 1898: The B.M.E. excursion and picnic was held here today, Friday, 3rd of Aug., to commemorate the freedom from slavery of the British slaves in the West Indian Islands.

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Monday
Jan262009

Recognising Thomas Henry Miller


Thomas Henry Miller was also the originator of the Owen Sound Emancipation Picnic.

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Monday
Jan262009

The British Methodist Episcopal Church

The British Methodist Episcopal (BME) Church has long been a part of Black History in Owen Sound.

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