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September 9, 2002
City of Toronto Culture Division opens exhibits that provide a look at Toronto's multi-cultural past
Culture - This fall, the City of Toronto Culture Division presents
three exhibits that showcase Toronto's diversity - A Glimpse of Black Life in
Victorian Toronto, Agincourt: A Community History, and The Black Contribution
to the Defence of Upper Canada. These exhibits explore the fascinating
development of multi-cultural communities from the late 1700s to present day.
The exhibits will be on view to the public at the City Hall Rotunda from
September 16 to 22, Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and weekends from
8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Admission is free.

A Glimpse of Black Life in Victorian Toronto, 1850-1860
During this period, Toronto's growing population included a substantial number
of Black citizens, some of whom were freeborn, and others who had escaped
slavery or were avoiding recapture in the United States. With their marketable
skills, they quickly became respected, successful members of the city's civic,
business and cultural communities. This exhibit brings to life a dynamic decade
in the history of Toronto's Black citizens and offers a glimpse of the
fascinating story of their participation in the city's development.

A Glimpse of Black Life in Victorian Toronto, 1850-1860 was curated by Afua
Cooper, Ph.D.,
a professor at Ryerson Polytechnic University.

Agincourt: A Community History, developed by the Multicultural History Society
of Ontario and the Scarborough Historical Museum, examines both the demographic
transformations and the residents' perspectives on change in this area. Over
the last 70 years, Agincourt has dramatically changed from a tiny crossroads
village at Main Street and Church Avenue (today's Sheppard and Midland Avenues)
to a fast-paced multi-cultural urban community. Agincourt residents and the
sons and daughters of the original immigrant Agincourt families shared their
memories, experiences, photographs and other memorabilia to create this exhibit.

The Black Contribution to the Defence of Upper Canada was formerly installed
at Historic Fort York. This exhibit depicts the contribution of Canada's black
communities to the military defence of Upper Canada, now Ontario, from the late
1700s to the Rebellion of 1837.

Museum and Heritage Services, a segment of the City of Toronto's Culture
Division, provides Toronto residents and visitors with meaningful connections
from the City's past to its present. Eleven Toronto Historic Museums offer
engaging and enriching public, education and special event programming. For
further event information, call 416-338-3888 or visit

Media Contact
Kristen Juschkewitsch,
Program Development Officer,



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