Africville History

Learn about an intregal part of Halifax's history

Africville History

On the shores of the Bedford Basin, on the northern edge of peninsular Halifax, lies Africville. Africville was home to the hundreds of individuals and families who settled there, some of whom could trace their roots in Nova Scotia back to the late 1700s. Africville was a vibrant, self-sustaining community that thrived despite the harshest opposition.

After a history of more than 100 years, Africville was destroyed to make way for industrial development in the 1960s. In February, 2010, Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly made history by apologizing to the people of Africville for the destruction of their community nearly 40 years before. The apology was supported by the allocation of land and $3 million for the construction of a replica of the church that had stood at the geographic and emotional heart of Africville. Now, a replica of the Church that was the heart of the community celebrates the spirit and tells the story of survival of a community.

Learn more about the history of Africville through the Canadian Encyclopedia.

Africville Museum

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. Over the years, public facilities that no one else wanted were established in or near Africville: an abattoir, a prison, an infectious diseases hospital, a dump, encroaching rail and industrialization. The community lost its school, its post office, its shops.

The exhibits within the Africville Museum invite visitors to walk through the history of Africville, from thriving village on the banks of the Bedford Basin to the dislocation. It tells of the efforts of the community to maintain the bonds and to gain recognition of the injustice.

Learn more about the Africville Museum