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February 2, 2009
Ontario’s Black Press and Politicians: Mackenzie House Celebrates Black History Month
Toronto has a rich history in the literature and newspapers of the Black community in Ontario, in addition to a long history of Black leaders. Discover Toronto’s Black history through events at Mackenzie House celebrating Black History Month.

Back by popular demand, The Black Press in Canada West is a necessary exhibit for anyone interested in Ontario’s Black History or newspapers. The exhibit takes place Saturdays and Sundays in February at Mackenzie House Museum, from 12 to 5 p.m. The exhibit tells the trials and triumphs of publishers such as Henry and Mary Bibb and the story of Mary Ann Shadd Cary, investigative journalist, publisher and the first Black female editor in North America. Visitors can take a piece of this dramatic history home when they personally print a souvenir bookmark with a quotation from Mary Ann Shadd Cary, the stalwart publisher of The Provincial Freeman newspaper, at the historic print house -- included with regular admission.

Visitors can also take a walk through time. In the Footsteps of Black Victorians tours parts of Old York where African-Canadians carved a community through struggle and triumph. Learn about Black leaders such as William Peyton Hubbard, who was a City of Toronto alderman and acting mayor. This easy walking tour starts at Mackenzie House at 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 22 and concludes at 3 p.m. Call 416-392-6915 for further details. Regular admission applies.

Mackenzie House is located downtown at 82 Bond St., just steps from the Eaton Centre. It is open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $5.71 for adults, $2.62 for seniors and youths, and $2.38 for children (plus GST). To contact Mackenzie House, e-mail or call 416-392-6915.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 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 numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Vanessa Higgs, Program Development Officer, Cultural Services, 416-338-0045,



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