Wednesday 16 February 2022

What is Africville? An Exploration of Eastern Canada's Past.


Africville by Shauntay Grant


  • Africville was a vibrant Black community for more than 150 years [in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada]. But even though its residents paid municipal taxes, they lived without running water, sewers, paved roads and police, fire-truck and ambulance services. Over time, the city located a slaughterhouse, a hospital for infectious disease, and even the city garbage dump nearby. In the 1960s, city officials decided to demolish the community, moving people out in city dump trucks and relocating them in public housing. Source: Good Reads

Bastion Shauntay Grant books
Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) Shauntay Grant books


CBC Arts interview with Shauntay Grant, "Africville’s destruction is a shameful chapter in Canadian history, but it must be remembered" (2:19)

History Bits: Remembering Africville / Parcelles d’histoire :
Se souvenir d’Africville (5:10)

"The Story of Africville" by Cameron (3:54)

Documentaire: L'histoire d'Africville compte by Conseil Communautaire du Grand-Havre 
(21 mins)

 "Africville Then and Now" a video Essay on the True Story of Africville by Darius Cox (12:34)

       "Africville: The Black Community Bulldozed by the City of Halifax" by Historica Canada (2:02)

                          Other Halifax Black Stories

"Once Upon a Black Halifax" by Gbenga Akintokun (18:48)

Other Canadian Black History Stories

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