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Freedom City: Uncovering Toronto’s Black History

In celebration of Black History Month, TD and the Toronto Public Library Foundation are pleased to present Freedom City: Uncovering Toronto’s Black History at the TD Gallery.

Through original paintings, drawings, photographs, manuscripts and broadsides, Freedom City unveils a rare glimpse of Toronto’s Black history – from the days of early settlement to the end of the 19th century.

The artifacts and documents reveal both intimate moments and the significant accomplishments of the individuals who helped build Toronto into the city it is today, with each narrative adding to a larger picture of immigration, belonging and home.

Exhibition highlights include the earliest known photograph of an African Canadian woman in Toronto, the British Imperial Act of 1790 and a portrait of Peyton Hubbard, the only black deputy mayor in the history of Toronto.

On view from January 31st to March 28th, Freedom City offers a unique opportunity to explore the intimacies and complexities of Toronto’s black history.

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