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January 28, 2003
City of Toronto celebrates Black History Month with launch of exhibition
  
The City of Toronto celebrates Black History Month with the official launch of
an exhibit that portrays the history of Black Loyalists, tracing their roots
from Nova Scotia to settlements in Ontario, and honoring the accomplishments of
African-Canadians.

"The City of Toronto is proud of the city's rich and multicultural flavour,"
said Councillor Sherene Shaw, Chair, Race and Ethnic Relations Committee and
diversity advocate. "Black History Month showcases our commitment to this
exceptional diversity."

Remembering the Black Loyalists: Black Communities in Nova Scotia, 1782-1785,
will open on Tuesday, February 4 in the Toronto City Hall rotunda. Travel back
in time and discover the history of the Black Loyalists and African-Canadians
recounted in three components.

The first component follows the journey of the Black Loyalist migration into
Canada from the United States in the wake of the American Revolution and the
subsequent migration of others to Canada through the Underground Railroad. This
component highlights the trials and triumphs of this search for
freedom.

The final two components move forward in time. The second component details the
experiences of the Black community during the Civil War era, documenting the
courage and determination of men, women and children in the face of slavery and
persecution. Civil war artifacts from the Buxton National Historic Site and
Museum will be on display. "Vision of Science" is the third component that
celebrates the scientific contributions made by several African-Canadian
inventors and scientists from 1900 to the present.

The exhibit is jointly presented by the City of Toronto in partnership with
Scadding Court Community Centre, Black Loyalist Heritage Society, Buxton
Historic Site and Museum and the Harriet Tubman Community Organization. The
exhibit will be on display throughout the city, from February 4 until March 25
from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. Dates and locations are as
follows:

February 4-7: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W
February 10-12: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
February 13-14: Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
February 15-18: Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
February 22-March 25: Mackenzie House, 82 Bond St. (Black Loyalist component
only)

School groups are welcome to view the display. In conjunction with the exhibit
at City Hall, students and school groups are invited to register for a lecture
series led by Dr. Henry Bishop, curator and director of the Black Cultural
Centre for Nova Scotia. Dr. Bishop will share his expertise and insight of
African history and the Black Loyalist period. To register, please call
416-338-5061.

Since 1993, Toronto Parks and Recreation has commemorated Black History Month
with a poster series. Five posters are available for purchase throughout the
year. For more information or to purchase the series, call 416-392-7025. To
view the posters, please visit the City of Toronto Web site at
http://www.toronto.ca.


Media Contact
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism
416-392-7025

 

 

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