DRESDEN, ON, February 4, 2022 /CNW/ – The Ontario Heritage Trust invites all Ontarians to celebrate and recognize the heritage of Black Canadians during Black History Month with Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site.
This year, black history month at Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site will delve into stories about the experiences – good and bad – of Black Ontarians, past and present. Free programming will include live virtual tours of the museum, a new series of educational videos exploring the successes of early black communities in Dresdenand a virtual forum that will deepen the conversation on anti-black racism.
Learn about programming and special events at Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site. More information on Black History Month programs below:
Live Virtual Tour of Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site – Registration Required
the 21st of February at 10am and 1 p.m.
This 60-minute live virtual tour brings the history of the Underground Railroad to life through artifacts, a walking tour of historic buildings at Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site, activities and amazing stories. A brief question-and-answer session will follow each visit. Free tours are available at the 21st of February at 10am and 1 p.m. Booking is open through Eventbrite. Please note that this popular tour has limited places.
Discover the Dawn series
Discovering Dawn is a series of short educational videos about the history of Dresden first black community. The series follows Mary Carterlocal historian and Jackie Bernard, programs assistant at Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site, as they travel through the city to visit sites associated with the Underground Railroad and the British American Institute. Together they will uncover the stories of the early lives of African Canadians who were part of Dawn Settlement – a community near Dresden which served as a refuge for many American fugitives seeking slavery and freedom during the 19th century.
The first video in the series launched on February 2 with more videos to be released weekly throughout the month. Watch on YouTube.com/HeritageOntario or find the videos on the Uncle Tom’s Cabin History Site video page.
Beyond the Underground Railroad: Strategies to Address Anti-Black Racism
This pre-recorded forum discussion will feature Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site, Buxton National Historic Site and Museum, and Chatham-Kent Black Mecca Museum in conversation with Candice Fong (Inclusive Diversity Consultant, Lambton Kent District School Board); Rebecca Haskell-Thomas (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, Municipality of Chatham-Kent); and Irene Moore Davis (President, Essex County Black Historical Research Society). Atia Johnsonstudent at McNaughton Avenue Public School in Chatham will share his original poem, titled Followers.
The video will be available on February 24 at YouTube.com/HeritageOntario.
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site is owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust. This two-hectare (five-acre) resort celebrates the life and work of Reverend Josiah Hensonwhose autobiography inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe to write the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
- The Dawn Settlement was a free black community established in 1841 by Josiah Henson and other abolitionists. Located near what is now Dresdenit served as a refuge for freedom seekers and a place where many came to share or gain skills, work and resources to help them succeed in their new home.
- Explore the Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site Video Library for more educational content about the province’s Black heritage and history.
- The third Monday in February will be Heritage Day, marking the start of Heritage Week in Ontario. Find out how communities across the province will be celebrating, check out the Trust’s Heritage Week community events and activities list.
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About the Ontario Heritage Trust
The Ontario Heritage Trust (the Trust) is an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. We store, interpret and share from Ontario heritage. The Trust preserves cultural and natural heritage, tangible and intangible of provincial significance, performs from Ontario history, celebrate its diversity and educate Ontarians about its importance in our society. The Trust is considering a Ontario where we conserve, value and share the places and landscapes, stories, traditions and narratives that embody our heritage, now and for future generations.
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