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Lieutenant Governor to celebrate Emancipation Day, commemorate abolition of slavery in Empire

Lieutenant Governor to celebrate Emancipation Day, commemorate abolition of slavery in Empire

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Emancipation Day (August 1) marks the coming into force of the Slavery Abolition Act in 1834. The Act effectively abolished slavery throughout the British Empire, though the slave trade had been ended in Upper Canada decades earlier by then Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe.
Emancipation Day (August 1) marks the coming into force of the Slavery Abolition Act in 1834. The Act effectively abolished slavery throughout the British Empire, though the slave trade had been ended in Upper Canada decades earlier by then Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe.

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OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF ONTARIO

Media Advisory
For immediate release. 30 July 2013

Lieutenant Governor to celebrate Emancipation Day, commemorate abolition of slavery in Empire
TORONTO—In advance of Emancipation Day, the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will host a reception for members and friends of the Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) on Wednesday, July 31. Emancipation Day (August 1) marks the coming into force of the Slavery Abolition Act in 1834. The Act effectively abolished slavery throughout the British Empire, though the slave trade had been ended in Upper Canada decades earlier by then Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe. Together with the OBHS, the Lieutenant Governor will highlight this historic milestone while honouring the historic struggles and more recent accomplishments of Black Canadians. His Honour will further commemorate the abolition of slavery on Simcoe Day (August 5) at Fort York National Historic Site in Toronto. For more information, please visit http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/featured-events.htm#fort. Photo Opportunity Who: What: When: Where: Hon. David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor Emancipation Day reception in company of Ontario Black History Society Wednesday, July 31, 2013; 3.30pm-5pm Lieutenant Governor’s Suite, Queen’s Park, Toronto

Media are asked to arrive with appropriate credentials 15 minutes in advance. Follow LGDavidOnley on Facebook and Twitter Contact: Mr. Tom Connelly Office of the Lieutenant Governor 416-325-7789

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