Mayor John Tory held a Black History Month Reception in the Rotunda at Toronto City Hall yesterday (Feb. 22) where there was also the unveiling of an exhibition showcasing artifacts found from the New Toronto Courthouse site behind City Hall. Some of the artifacts highlight the abolitionist movement in Toronto and dynamic Black community in St. John's Ward in the 1800s.
Governor General Award-winning author, Karolyn Smardz Frost, spoke about her new non-fiction, Steal Away Home, One Woman's Epic Flight to Freedom - And Her Long Road Back to the Southwhich chonicles the life of Cecilia Reynolds. It took Smardz Frost 10 years to write this book and artifacts of Cecilia's home in Toronto were found among the artifacts from the archaeological dig of what will become the new courthouse.
The event was co-sponsored by Infrastructure Ontario and the Ontario Black History Society.
Here are some photos I snapped at the event. I'll write a story about this event and interview Karolyn about her new book soon.