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January 20, 2005
Mackenzie House Historic Museum -- Black History Month 2005
Mackenzie House Museum, City of Toronto Culture Division, is proud to present
three events celebrating Black History Month: a new exhibit titled The Black
Press in Canada West, an exploration of African food and culture, and the
return of a unique theatrical experience.

1) The Black Press in Canada West - An Exhibit
Runs Saturday, February 5 until Labour Day
Black literature and journalism throughout the 19th century reflected the
reality of the Black experience - the evils and cruelty of slavery, the
inspiring flights for freedom, and the advancement of a free people. For
members of the Black community, the press also provided a forum for leadership
and ensured that the Black community told its own stories. This exhibit
explores some of the early publications of Ontario -- their publishers,
writers, and the significant contributions they made to the Black community and
society as a whole.

2) Kitchen Cultures
Runs Saturday and Sunday, February 19 and 20 - Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Discover Toronto's diverse communities as past meets present in a cultural,
culinary fusion in Mackenzie House's Victorian era kitchen. This month features
African cuisine, presented by the African Museum.

3) ["S is for Shadd" Returns
Runs Sundays, February 6, 20 and 27 during regular tours - 12:15, 1:45 and 3:15
Join us for a special first-person performance, based on the life of legendary
journalist and teacher, Mary Ann Shadd Cary. This year Shadd Cary will be
played by the multi-talented Tara Bastikar, a classically trained actress and
professional artist. Ms. Bastikar has recently been using her thespian skills
to help lead the Theatre-in-Education program "The Singing of Birds" at
Montgomery's Inn Museum. Mary Ann Shadd Cary was an important historic figure.
In Canada, she became the first Black woman newspaper publisher in North
America through her work on The Provincial Freeman, a newspaper that stood for
temperance, racial equality, education and moral reform. In addition, she was
one of the first Black women in the United States to complete a law degree. The
piece was written by theatre professional, Dawn Roach.

The above events are all included with the price of regular admission.

Mackenzie House Museum is located at 82 Bond St. Winter hours are Saturday and
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Regular admission for adults is $4; seniors and youth
$2.75; children $2.50. For more information contact: or call 416-392-6915.

Media Contact:
Kim Corby, Museums and Heritage Services, 416-338-0497



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