GOOD ITEM FOR BLACK AMERICAN/CANADIAN MONTH!—jon.
It was originally called the Campbell Road Settlement. It hugged the shores of Halifax (Nova Scotia)’s Bedford Basin. People started establishing the vibrant community as early as the 1840s. The people of African descent — former slaves, escaped slaves, descendants of refugees from the War of 1812 and free people who came to Canada for the promise of a better life. The community was known as Africville.
Here’s a brief TIMELINE of Africville:
In 1848, there is a record that began with the purchase of land by William Arnold and William Brown. In 1849, A church is organized and built, later to be known as Seaview African United Baptist Church, and the first baptism takes place there. An elementary school was built in 1883. Africville was self-reliant … as a necessity.
The tax-paying residents petitioned the government officials many times for essential services, but…
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