New name to be unveiled at Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Henson House at Uncle Tom's Cabin historic site in Dresden July 2015 (Photo courtesy of Steven Cook)

Emancipation Day will be extra special this year at Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Dresden.

The free event gets underway at 10:30 a.m. and runs until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.

“Emancipation Day is a celebration of hope and freedom, and it’s commemorating the end of slavery in the British Empire,” said Museum interpreter Erika Galbraith. “So we are hosting an annual celebration here at Uncle Tom’s Cabin here in Dresden.”

Officials are set to unveil the new name of the historic site at noon on Saturday.

Galbraith explains why they’re changing the name.

“Josiah Henson had been nicknamed ‘Uncle Tom’ and the name ‘Uncle Tom’ over time has become derogatory to the African-Canadian and African-Canadian race. So we no longer want to associate Josiah Henson with the nickname ‘Uncle Tom’ and more honour himself rather than the character that he was named after.”

The name of the road the historic site is on was changed to Freedom Road earlier this year.

“We’ll have singers, we’ll have a poet, an author. We’ll have pictures all around, we’ll also have our gift shop fully packed for any guests who want to purchase books or souvenirs .”

Lunch will also be available for purchase.