New Glasgow


Most of the inhabitants of this town are descended from settlers who arrived in the province in the mid-to-late 1700s. Concentrated in the Vale Road area, they have a long tradition of survival and perseverance. In 1990 the New Glasgow Homecoming Committee started a family-and-town reunion for all current and past residents of New Glasgow and their relatives, near and far. This event occurs every five years in August. People come from all around the globe to mix, mingle, and catch up. If you come during a year when the Homecoming event is not happening you can still meet people by popping into the Ward One Social & Recreation Centre, at the corner of Brother & Tremont streets. Stroll up the road a bit and visit the Africentric Heritage Park on Vale Road; “ . . . erected in loving memory of the first Black Settlers in Pictou County,” it includes a gracefully designed ten metre tall, glass-peaked pyramid, modeled after the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt. Composed of stones gathered from Africa, Europe, the United States, and Canada, representing the origins of northeastern Nova Scotia’s Black community, it is a vision to behold. Come and read the historical panels telling the story of the people, then sit and listen to the voices in the wind. Over on Washington Street you’ll find the Second United Baptist Church, organized in 1903 by Rev. W. A. White (1874–1936). On August 16, 2010, at the New Glasgow Africentric Heritage Park, there is a commemorative plaque honouring the African Nova Scotian trailblazer Viola Desmond, who is often called “Canada’s Rosa Parks.” Desmond was arrested and jailed overnight on November 8, 1946, at New Glasgow’s Roseland Theatre for sitting downstairs in the theatre’s “Whites Only” section. A group of African Nova Scotian women in New Glasgow are continuing to pass on the stories of yesterday by forming the Vale Quilters. These women, who are gaining notoriety with their craft, are carrying on traditions and creating new memories which will last a lifetime. Source: African Nova Scotian Tourism Guide Historical Black Settlements in Nova Scotia (Google Map)


New Glasgow
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia B2H

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