Africville Museum - Historic Places Days

Africville Museum

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Type
Cultural Heritage Centre
Address
5795 Africville Rd, Halifax, NS B3K 2R9, Canada
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Hours
Tuesday-Saturday: 10-4pm
Phone
(902) 422-1116

For over a hundred years, the African Nova Scotian community resided in Africville. Located on the northern shore of Halifax Harbour, the community was destroyed in the 1960s to make way for industrial development. Forcibly relocated, the former residents of Africville and their descendants were scattered. This is an example of the “urban renewal” trend that destroyed similar neighbourhoods across Canada.

In 2010, the people of Africville finally received an apology for the loss of their community from the city of Halifax. A settlement was reached which established the Africville Heritage Trust that extends to the Museum. The Trust is managed by a volunteer board that is primarily made up of members of the Africville community.

Today, the Africville Museum looks across the land where the people of Africville lived, worked, and raised their families by the water of Bedford Basin. Inside the Museum, exhibits tell the story of a community that met the indignities of racism with grace and faith.

The museum is:

  1. A place where former residents and their descendants can (re)connect, learn about their history and rebuild a sense of place and pride
  2. A visitor attraction that draws residents and tourists, strengthens the province as a Black Heritage destination, and adds to African Nova-Scotian themed attractions
  3. A venue to remember the story of Africville and to recognize its contribution to Canadian and specifically, African diasporic history.
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The founding of Halifax can be dated back to 1749, but some may not be aware that a small African community once resided on the northern shore of Halifax Harbour. Destroyed in the 1960s due to an urban renewal project widespread within Canada, residents were violently relocated from the area they built and called home. This museum is dedicated to bringing that history to light.

Despite facing various obstacles including systemic racism, the community was known to be vibrant and self-sufficient in developing their own homes and access to basic necessities the government had refused to provide. Overlooking the land Africville residents once lived, worked and raised their families by the water of Bedford Basin, the Africville museum takes you back to celebrate its history and legacy. The exterior is formed as a replica of the church that was known to be the heart of the community. Offering a 360 degree virtual tour of the interior, the museum recounts the lived experiences of community members and provides a space for former residents and their descendants to reconnect with their roots.

Amenities

  • Family-Friendly

Location

5795 Africville Rd, Halifax, NS B3K 2R9, Canada
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