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February 9, 2007
Media Advisory: Mayor David Miller participates in the launch of the commemoration of the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
The City of Toronto and the Committee to Commemorate and Memorialize the Abolition of the Slave Trade will launch the commemoration of the 1807 decision by the British Parliament to abolish the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Date: Sunday, February 11
Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
Location: City Hall Rotunda, 100 Queen St. W.

Joining Mayor Miller at the ceremony will be Hon. Mike Colle, Hon. Howard Hampton, Hon. Jean Augustine and community leaders Dr. Afua Cooper, Rita and Sam Burke, and Debbie Douglas. Performers will include Winona Public School Steel Band, Roots Drummers, Baby Boyz Dance Band, Ngoma Dance and Drum, panist Hameed Shaqq, poet Trevor Lawrence, and Sistah Afia.

In 1793 Governor Simcoe introduced the first anti-slavery Act in the British Empire, making Toronto an important link in the Underground Railroad. The United Nations has designated March 25 as the International Day for the Commemoration of the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic slave and has urged governments to carry out education programs to create an understanding of the consequences of slavery and the slave trade

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824
Lesa Francis, Committee to Commemorate and Memorialize the Abolition of the Slave Trade, 905-683-3227
Sam Burke, Committee to Commemorate and Memorialize the Abolition of the Slave Trade, 416-656-5366



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