Walter Perry

Walt Perry, better known as ‘Mr. Emancipation,’ began the biggest Emancipation Day Celebrations Ontario had ever seen when he organized the event in Windsor beginning in 1931. What evolved was a four-day extravaganza with internationally-known guest speakers, a parade drawing bands and marchers from all over Ontario and the US, a barbecue at Jackson Park and a host of other events. Perry’s term for it: "The Greatest Freedom Show on Earth!"

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