Emancipation Festival

August 04, 2017 - August 06, 2017

Emancipation Festival

155th Annual Speaker’s Forum – Lawrence Hill at the Historic Roxy Theatre
Friday, August 4, 2017 from 6:30-10 p.m.
Admission $30/$20 Student through the Roxy Box Office

Spend an evening with the internationally renowned author of the Book of Negroes, Any Known Blood and his latest work The Illegal. Lawrence will discuss his research, his writing and his personal interpretation of world social events.

Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. for book signing. Books will also be available for purchase.

Musical Entertainment by Bobby Dean Blackburn & Friends

Ancestors Breakfast
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Harrison Park

Join us for the annual Ancestors' Breakfast as the Courtney family of Owen Sound serves up warm delicious pancakes for you to enjoy as you spend time catching up with local and visiting family and friends.

The Ancestors Breakfast is the perfect way to kick off your Emancipation Picnic Day.

155th Annual Emancipation Festival Picnic
The longest continuously-running Emancipation Picnic in North America, since 1862!
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 1-6 p.m.
Harrison Park

Join us in celebrating the journey of our ancestors within the Underground Railroad’s most northerly safe haven.  Bring your family and friends for a weekend of music, art, storyboards, crafts, children’s’ games, speakers, literature & other activities.

Individuals interested in … history, family, culture and community have been congregating every August 1st weekend since 1862 in Owen Sound, “the most northerly retreat of the Underground Railroad journey in Canada”. Descendants of Blacks, who came via the Underground Railroad to settle in freedom, gather to reminisce and enjoy a time of fellowship. 

Cultural Displays
Gospel Workshop
Children's Activities
Live Music

Gospel at Moreston Village & North is Freedom Photo Exhibit Opening
Sunday, August 6, 2017, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Grey Roots Museum & Archives 

Join us for a morning of uplifting gospel music at Moreston Village and the unveiling of the North is Freedom Photo Exhibit by Yuri Dojc.

To learn more, visit the Emancipation Festival website.

For a glimpse past festivities, check out this video of the 2011 Emancipation Festival [external site].

To volunteer and/or to provide financial support, please contact:
Emancipation Board Chair, Blaine Courtney at 519.376.9684 or fblainecourtney@gmail.com

The Emancipation Festival Logo by John Witkowski of Goldstar Signwriting in Owen Sound was selected though a logo design contest organized by the Owen Sound Emancipation Festival.

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