Buxton Homecoming A Celebration Of Freedom

The float from the Buxton Museum celebrated the journey to Canada during the 93rd annual Buxton Homecoming parade on 4 September 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The float from the Buxton Museum celebrated the journey to Canada during the 93rd annual Buxton Homecoming parade on 4 September 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(NORTH BUXTON, ON) – Thousands were on hand for the 93rd annual Buxton Homecoming held on Labour Day. Attendees from all points in Chatham-Kent, from Windsor, and as far away as New York and Michigan.

The event is a reminder of the injustices endured as individuals and families escaped slavery in the United States via the Underground Railroad. Buxton was a terminus on the railway as about 2,000 sought freedom by traveling the perilous route.

First held in 1924, the Homecoming now features one of this regions largest parades culminating in a community gathering at the Buxton National Historic Site on AD Shadd Road. The descendants of former slaves return during the weekend to rekindle memories and acquaintances.

The 93rd annual Buxton Homecoming parade, on 4 September 2017, had a definite agricultural feel with an abundance of antique and modern tractors.Photo by Ian Shalapata.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The 93rd annual Buxton Homecoming parade, on 4 September 2017, had a definite agricultural feel with an abundance of antique and modern tractors.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A float in the 93rd annual Buxton Homecoming parade announced the upcoming 160th anniversary of St Andrews Church in South Buxton.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A float in the 93rd annual Buxton Homecoming parade announced the upcoming 160th anniversary of St Andrews Church in South Buxton.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Two volunteers pose for a quick photo before the 93rd annual Buxton Homecoming parade on 4 September 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Two volunteers pose for a quick photo before the 93rd annual Buxton Homecoming parade on 4 September 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Shadd family celebrates 164 years in Canada during the 93rd annual Buxton Homecoming parade on 4 September 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Shadd family celebrates 164 years in Canada during the 93rd annual Buxton Homecoming parade on 4 September 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.


Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Canada's longest running community marching band, the Kingsville-Essex Associated Band were featured at the 93rd annual Buxton Homecoming parade on 4 September 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Canada’s longest running community marching band, the Kingsville-Essex Associated Band were featured at the 93rd annual Buxton Homecoming parade on 4 September 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Owen Case enjoys a ride in the Chatham-Kent pumper truck from Station 15 in Raliegh North during the 93rd annual Buxton Homecoming on 4 September 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Owen Case enjoys a ride in the Chatham-Kent pumper truck from Station 15 in Raliegh North during the 93rd annual Buxton Homecoming on 4 September 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Many Buxton residents can trace their lineage to George Chase and Elizabeth Prince.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Many Buxton residents can trace their lineage to George Chase and Elizabeth Prince.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Donated to the residents of Buxton, the Liberty Bell rang each time a slave found their way to freedom in Buxton. A replica bell is on display at the Buxton Museum while the original is installed in the bell tower at St Andrews Church in South Buxton.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Donated to the residents of Buxton, the Liberty Bell rang each time a slave found their way to freedom in Buxton. A replica bell is on display at the Buxton Museum while the original is installed in the bell tower at St Andrews Church in South Buxton.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Thousands gathered to watch the 93rd annual Buxton Homecoming parade before taking part in festivities at the North Buxton National Historical Site, on 4 September 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Thousands gathered to watch the 93rd annual Buxton Homecoming parade before taking part in festivities at the North Buxton National Historical Site, on 4 September 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Thousands gathered to watch the 93rd annual Buxton Homecoming parade before taking part in festivities at the North Buxton National Historical Site, on 4 September 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Thousands gathered to watch the 93rd annual Buxton Homecoming parade before taking part in festivities at the North Buxton National Historical Site, on 4 September 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Ian Shalapata is the owner and publisher of Square Media Group. He covers politics, the police beat, community events, the arts, sports, and everything in between.

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