Oakville Celebrates Black History Month

The Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton's Black History Month Kickoff Celebration in partnership with Oakville Museum

 Thursday, February 7, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Town Hall, South Atrium
                                     Admission is free!

The Town of Oakville is pleased to have the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton host an evening to celebrate Black History Month.

The event includes a travelling exhibit presented by the Oakville Museum, an African Canadian Art exhibit, and performances by Shelley Hamilton and Ngoma Drum and Dance.

To learn more about Oakville's black history, visit the Museum's permanent exhibit called, The Underground Railroad - Next Stop, Freedom! Learn more about the exhibit by visiting the Oakville Museum exhibits and collections page.

Here are highlights from a couple of exhibits:

Freedom, Opportunity and Family: Oakville’s Black History
Permanent Exhibit

Artifacts, pictures, text and a documentary video tell the stories of many of the African-American families who settled in Oakville and were important to the development of our community. Visitors will discover the story of Branson Johnson, a freeborn African-American, who arrived in Oakville with his family in 1855. His Certificate of Freedom from a Maryland court and the pocket watch in which it was hidden for many years are featured. Passed down from one generation to the next, the certificate shows how subsequent generations defined and preserved evidence of freedom.

The Underground Railroad: Next Stop Freedom
Permanent Exhibit

In this exciting and moving multi-media presentation, the ghost of Deborah Brown tells the true story of her heroic flight from a life of slavery in Maryland to her new life of freedom in 19th-century Toronto. The exhibit was created by Parks Canada in partnership with the Ontario Black History Society and the Royal Ontario Museum (Presentation available in French and English). 

**All information presented on this page was found on the Town of Oakville website and The Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton website.


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