Jamaican Maroons in Halifax: A Black Canadian History Guide


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The Canadian Black History Collective (CBHC) is proud to present their inaugural historical guide - Jamaican Maroons in Halifax: A Black Canadian History Guide telling the frequently forgotten story of the Jamaican Maroons in Halifax. This publication takes readers through the Maroons’ four years in Nova Scotia – from their first arrival to their quick departure. Jamaican Maroons in Halifax: A Black Canadian History Guide launched on April 18, and is a gripping read for anyone interested in history, Canada, and the Black experience.

What is a Maroon? Where did they come from? How did they get to Canada? This educational guide digs deep into parts of Canadian history that rarely appear in textbooks. The Jamaican Maroons were descendants of Africans that escaped slavery on the island. In 1796, a group of approximately 600 Maroons were deported by the British government in Jamaica and sent to Canada. The story of their time in Nova Scotia provides us with a historical narrative that illuminates the realities of eastern Canada at the time, including the full story of one of Halifax’s most significant landmarks, Citadel Hill. 

The CBHC has noted gaps in the historical narrative told by institutions within Nova Scotia. In particular, the story of Citadel Hill is frequently told with no reference to the Maroons that were part of its construction. Through the consultation of many academic and historical sources, the CBHC has compiled an overview of these years in a document currently missing from the canon of Canadian history. Jamaican Maroons in Halifax: A Black Canadian History Guide will be easy to access, and widely circulated to museums, libraries and educational institutions through email and social media to help educate Canadians and visitors alike!  

“I am extremely excited about this upcoming project! I have been curious about this subject in the larger context of Canadian Black History for some time. Curious to discover how it connects to Black culture in different ways.” 
Kevin Ormsby, Historian/Dancer/Performer (2019) 

“Studying Black Canadian history is just a reminder of the thousands of lives and stories that go untold. As a nation that is continually trying to define itself, understanding our past will help us look to the future.” 
Rhiannon Seath, Art Historian (2019)  

 

ABOUT THE CANADIAN BLACK HISTORY COLLECTIVE - CBHC

The Canadian Black History Collective (CBHC) formed in 2018 and is comprised of five Humber College students who are passionate about providing a more inclusive historical narrative. Throughout the group’s shared educational experience, they found that there is very little information offered (neither in school nor elsewhere) that accurately and thoroughly explains the Black experience in Canada. This collective was formed to uncover untold stories and present them in a way that would be accessible to a wide audience to deepen the world’s understanding of Canada’s rich history. Each group member brings a unique perspective through cultural and academic links to the matter at hand. With their first historical guide being published in April 2019, the collective is actively working on their next research project. 

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Media Contact: Tracey Prehay 
T: (416) 270-3777 E: cbhcollective@gmail.com

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Tracey Prehay 
Coordinator, Canadian Black History Collective 
Toronto, ON  M8V 1K8 
416-270-3777 
cbhcollective@gmail.com 

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