The TTC is hosting the sixth annual midnight Underground Freedom Train Ride tonight.
The event commemorates Emancipation Day on August 1 and has been attended by up to 1200 people in past years.
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,” said Mayor John Tory in a statement.
“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.”
TTC Chair Josh Colle calls the event a symbolic subway ride.
“The TTC is proud to commemorate Emancipation Day with the annual Underground Freedom Train Ride,” said Colle. “This symbolic subway ride on the TTC celebrates liberation and freedom, and is an important event in our city not to be missed.”
The Underground Freedom Train Ride is open to the public.
Making final plans for the 6th annual Freedom Train Ride leaving Union Station plantation on Tuesday night, July 31st at 11:30pm – make sure to get there for 10:30pm to secure your space @ADFRNTBooklist @ACHAunity @alldaysfa @OBHistory @thecaribcurrent @ddonkor1 @GinelleSkerritt pic.twitter.com/dyoyk30exO
— Freedom Train TOR (@FreedomTrainTOR) June 30, 2018
When: Tuesday, July 31 at 10:30 pm
Where: TTC Line 1 Yonge-University, Union to Sheppard West stations
Start time: Attendees will meet at Union Station at approximately 10:30 pm The train arrives at Sheppard West Station at approximately 12:10 am