Africville trust gets title to hectare of
January 15, 2011
Almost a year after terms of a redress deal were released, the deed for slightly more than one hectare of land in a Halifax park has been transferred to the new Africville Heritage Trust.
Mayor Peter Kelly said in a news release Friday that he’s pleased all the commitments made on behalf of Halifax regional council "are either fulfilled or nearing completion."
He said the deed transfer, along with a $3-million payout announced in November, is for the reconstruction and operation of the Seaview African United Baptist Church in Seaview Park. The new building is to serve as a memorial to Africville.
Part of the compensation package was an official apology delivered by Kelly. Reparations were announced last year during African Heritage Month.
The $3 million includes $2.5 million for construction and $500,000 for the installation of services to the building, the release said.
Daurene Lewis, chairwoman of the trust’s board of directors, said "this is an important part of the settlement with the people of Africville, and allows the Africville Heritage Trust to proceed confidently with our planning for the construction of the church."
The board will provide an update on plans for construction of the church at an open house at the Halifax North Memorial Public Library, today, from 1 to 3 p.m.
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