Nova Scotia Archives

African Nova Scotians


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No. 2 Construction Battalion: Nominal Roll

In honour of African Heritage Month 2016, the Nova Scotia Archives is pleased to present a digital version of the Nominal Roll of Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men, No. 2 Construction Battalion (March 1917), the only battalion of Black soldiers raised in Canada during the First World War.

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African Nova Scotians

Nova Scotians and Web users worldwide now have an exciting new way to find out about African Nova Scotian history. A virtual exhibit and online resource providing access to a wide variety of documentary sources, including government documents, letters, newspaper articles, maps and works of art. Includes a fully searchable database containing names of about 5000 African American immigrants who came to Nova Scotia in 1783 and 1815-16. Also a virtual exhibit featuring photographs of early black settlements and descendants of original settlers, 1880-1955.

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Gone but Never Forgotten: Bob Brooks' Photographic Portrait of Africville in the 1960s

Come revisit Africville, through nearly 60 remarkable images by photojournalist Bob Brooks that capture the look and spirit of the community on the eve of its demolition. The exhibit also features Brooks' compelling photographs of the public meeting at Seaview African United Baptist Church in August 1962, where residents stated their opposition to the elimination of Africville.

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African Nova Scotian Diaspora

This significant new online resource features unique documents reflecting the struggles and survival of African Nova Scotians, as the world marks the United Nations' International Year for People of African Descent. It contains over 500 digitized and fully searchable government documents relating to early African Nova Scotian immigration and emigration. Many of the documents are rich in the names and reflect the experiences of Black Refugees who came here at the close of the War of 1812.

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Viola Irene Desmond – 2015 Honouree, Nova Scotia Heritage Day

Nova Scotia's first Heritage Day statutory holiday recognizes and celebrates Viola Desmond, an African Nova Scotian businesswoman who in 1946 experienced and challenged the province's systemic racial discrimination of the time. Explore this thought-provoking story through surviving court documents, newspaper articles, and background information.

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