This evening, the TTC will host the sixth annual midnight Underground Freedom Train Ride commemorating Emancipation Day on Aug. 1. The event, which has been attended by up to 1,200 people in past years, is presented by A Different Booklist bookstore and is symbolic of the role of the Underground Railroad in Canadian history. Celebrations include singing, poetry readings, drum playing and remarks by the African Canadian Heritage Association.
“Emancipation Day is an opportunity to explore and celebrate the rich African-Canadian history that has helped build our city. It is also a day to recognize their struggle for human rights,” says Mayor Tory. “Thank you to the TTC for supporting this event which allows Canadians of all backgrounds to learn about the incredible history of African Canadians as builders, advocates, and people who defended Canada in many challenging times and who lead in so many ways.”
"The TTC is proud to commemorate Emancipation Day with the annual Underground Freedom Train Ride," says Chair Colle. "This symbolic subway ride on the TTC celebrates liberation and freedom, and is an important event in our city not to be missed."
When: Tue., July 31 - Wed., Aug. 1, 2018
Where: TTC Line 1 Yonge-University, Union to Sheppard West stations
Start time: Attendees will meet at Union Station at approximately 10:30 p.m. The train arrives at Sheppard West Station at approximately 12:10 a.m.
The Underground Freedom Train Ride is open to the public.