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Glace Bay, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia B1A , Canada
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Glace Bay

Glace Bay, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia B1A , Canada

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Like other parts of Cape Breton, Glace Bay has a strong legacy in mining.

Like other parts of Cape Breton, Glace Bay has a strong legacy in mining. According to the Cape Breton Miners’ Museum, by 1873 there were eight coal companies operating in Cape Breton. The miners were paid from 80 cents to $1.50 per day and the boys were paid 65 cents.

To man the mines, many companies enlisted labour from other parts of the province and from abroad. Some of thosetempted by the prospect came to Glace Bay from the West Indies and worked in the steel industry and in the mines.

These individuals brought with them ,strong socio-political views and well-honed survival
skills. In the 1920s, as Marcus Garvey’s movement for the repatriation of Africans of the Americas to Africa gained ground, the West Indian immigrants to Cape Breton adopted his stance.

They built Universal Negro Improvement Association halls in Whitney Pier, Glace Bay, and New Waterford. Although the movement in Nova Scotia was more popular with West Indian immigrants to Cape Breton, it did have the impact of encouraging pride in their heritage for many of African descent. While in town, put on a hard hat and some protective clothing and go underground, deep into the Ocean Deeps Colliery (coal mine) at the Cape Breton Miners’ Museum.

Source:
Assets of Nova Scotia
African Nova Scotian Tourism Guide
https://www.novascotia.com/sites/default/files/culturalassests_guide.pdf

Source:
Historical Black Settlements in Nova Scotia - Google
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1Uw-hfgRtUR9MUuyVOFrgGW58k4k&hl=en_US&ll=45.01409303293047%2C-63.037193&z=8

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Glace Bay, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia B1A , Canada
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Additonal Toursim Resources
African Nova Scotian Directory - Google Local Guide
African Nova Scotian Tourism Guide
Africville Story Map
Destination Liberty: Your guide to Black Historic Travel Destinations in Nova Scotia
Historical Black Settlements in Nova Scotia (Google Map)
Jamaican Maroons in Halifax: A Black Canadian History Guide
Nova Scotia Toursim: Discover African Nova Scotia

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