A local MP private member's bill to recognize the abolition of slavery is getting support from a Senator.
Senator Wanda Bernard is backing a bill from Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller to declare August 1st as Emancipation Day.
The bill is in second reading in the senate.
Miller says the intent is to recognize the end of slavery and those who suffered through those years.
He says it will also recognize the important contributions the black community has made in Canada.
Owen Sound's Harrison Park was a terminating point of the underground railroad.
Miller says it is only appropriate that they do this.
He says even when slavery ended and blacks were freed, they still came to Canada.