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Windsor Emancipation Wreath Ceremony

Tuesday August 2nd, 2011, 5:06pm

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During the Balloonapalooza festival, another notable event was taking place. The Emancipation Day Celebration Events were present in part of the historical Emancipation Act of 1833, which abolished slavery in the British Empire.

After the weekend festivities, another small but important event was occurring. The wreath ceremony at the Tower of Freedom Monument took place at 10:00 AM yesterday, to commemorate this historical moment.

The event drew interest from the local Windsorites, even drawing some of them to their patios to look down and see some of the entertainment.

The significance of the underground tunnel has made Windsor and Detroit forever linked in the struggle for independence, as many individuals from America flew to Canada to seek refuge.


Along the media and speakers from the Windsor emancipation committee,  Essex MP Jeff Watson and the Honourable Windsor-Techumseh MP Joe Comartin were present. They later were responsible to lay the wreaths, as part of the ceremony. 


During the ceremony, there were several mediums that were used to recreate the emotional living circumstances these individuals of African descent faced. A chorus of singers, performance art, and a marching band were all in attendance and paid homage to our ancestors. The ceremony was a reminder of the immense role Windsor played with the Underground Railroad. Some of the final remarks explained the Tower of Freedom monument; which right across Detroit is a replica statute, located in Hart Plaza.


The statue displays some individuals looking North, towards Canada. You can sense joy and overwhelming feelings of freedom among these people. On the other side of the wall shows a woman who feels bittersweet about leaving home. She is looking towards the United States, and she will remember the great injustices that took place.

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