Africville was your typical seaside village. Populated by one of Nova Scotia’s founding peoples. First came the Aboriginal settlements, later the French and British. Less widely highlighted in our history is a population that was integral to the creation of what Nova Scotia is today. The people of African descent — former slaves, escaped slaves and free people who came to Canada for promise of a better life.
Eventually some of these former slaves of American and British owners settled on the northern tip of the Halifax peninsula. There, they created a vibrant community by the shores of the Bedford Basin.
The community was known as Africville.
Though its buildings were eradicated in what was called 'urban renewal' in the 1960s, the community spirit continues to thrive today through annual gatherings and in the stories and photos of an aging generation.
In 2002, the former site of Africville was designated a National Historic Landmark, by the Government of Canada.