Last week Barbie told me a story of her co-worker, who owns a cottage in Sauble Beach, who we shall refer to as Sauble Barbie.
It turns out that the first Saturday in August there is an Emancipation Party held in Owen Sound, Ontario. A follow-up party is held the next day in Sauble Beach. Sauble Barbie was asked to go to the party on the Sunday, which is hosted by a couple who live near by. In Sauble Barbie’s own words here’s what happened:
I was invited to an emancipation party but had no idea what that meant. Apparently it is an annual celebration on the first Saturday of every August in Owen Sound and it is followed up by a celebration the next day (Sunday) in Sauble Beach. A mixed race couple hosts the party in Sauble every year. At the party on Sunday I thought I heard the reason for the celebration was because of the blacks involvement in the railroad. So I thought they helped build the railroad. Even though I couldn’t picture any railroad in Owen Sound. A week later I was retelling my story and when I came to the part about the railroad and Ray (Sauble Barbie’s husband) stopped me and said “You’re joking right”. He then went on to explain it was the “underground railroad where black slaves were smuggled to freedom”. So the party was to celebrate freedom. Can’t say I was ever a history buff. But I did have a blast at the party.
I can honestly say I can only imagine something like this happening to the Barbie Gang. But in the spirit of fair play here’s a link to black people actually building a railway in the movie “Blazing Saddles”.