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Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J , Canada
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Halifax

Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J , Canada

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Permanently settled in 1749 by the British, Halifax is the largest city in the Atlantic Provinces and is one of the key ports in eastern North America.

Permanently settled in 1749 by the British, Halifax is the largest city in the Atlantic Provinces and is one of the key ports in eastern North America. On the peninsula, Halifax Central, known as Halifax’s North End, used to be the Old North Suburbs. This was the core of the city, and it was where the concentration of people of African descent resided, on Creighton, Maynard, Charles, Maitland, Gerrish, and Brunswick streets and Belle Aire Terrace.

This community is the birthplace of James R. Johnston, Nova Scotia’s first African Nova Scotian lawyer, the Black Educators Association, and the Black History Month Association.

The spiritual centre of the community was the Cornwallis Street United Baptist Church, with the social and entertainment mecca being the Gerrish Street Hall, located in the heart of the community. In its heyday the Gerrish Street Hall played host to jazz legends such as Lionel Hampton and Louis Armstrong.

For close to 200 years and counting, land and homes owned by Blacks have been found in this area. With its unique identity Halifax’s North End is more like a village within a city, where people will smile at strangers and gladly strike up a conversation with others going about their day.

The Freedom Schooner Amistad docked in Halifax on July 24, 2008, where it officially launched the Black Loyalist 225 celebration at the 25th Africville reunion. On July 29, the Amistad was officially welcomed to Halifax before taking part in a parade of sail along with other tall ships in the harbour.

To celebrate this milestone the African Nova Scotian Music Association established the Arts and Culture Freedom Festival, incorporating arts and crafts, urban music, gospel service, cultural foods, and more. It is ANSMA’s intent to grow this festival’s profile each year.

Source:
African Nova Scotian Tourism Guide
Historical Black Settlements in Nova Scotia (Google Map)

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Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J , 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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