Order of Nova Scotia Recipient 2019: Dr. Elizabeth Cromwell (Posthumous) C.M. [Birchtown]

Dr. Elizabeth Cromwell (Posthumous)


Dr. Elizabeth Cromwell, C.M. is an African Nova Scotian and a Black Loyalist descendant of great strength, vision and perseverance. She spent the majority of her career as a Caseworker Supervisor with the Shelburne County Children’s Aid Society. She was dedicated to volunteering for organizations across the province as well as in her community for the Christ Church Anglican Council and Parish and was a founding board member of the Shelburne County Cultural Awareness Society, the precursor to the Black Loyalist Heritage Society.

In the 1980’s she fought against the environmental racism of a proposed landfill in her community, which lead to the formation of the Shelburne County Cultural Awareness Society in 1989. The Society successfully blocked the proposed landfill, which would have destroyed valuable African Nova Scotian archaeological items and records.

Dr. Cromwell collected genealogical information and other historical information to promote the contributions of the Black Loyalists and their descendants in Nova Scotia. She was instrumental in mobilizing the community to promote Black Loyalists and African Nova Scotian history.

Under her leadership, the society secured a National Historic site and monument board designation for the historic event of the landing of Black Loyalists in Canada in 1783. Dr. Cromwell was instrumental in assisting Lawrence Hill in his research in the writing of “The Book of Negroes” which later was turned into a movie that was filmed in the town of Shelburne. Her passion and dedication to preserve the history of the Black Loyalists and share this history with the broader community culminated in the development and construction of the Black Loyalists Heritage Centre which opened in 2015.

She is a staunch advocate for celebrating African Nova Scotian history, and the journey of black loyalists who arrived in Birchtown. Her voice and persistent determination helped give black history its rightful place in the provincial and national narrative.

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