NS Archives document: "Edwin Howard Borden (1869-1953)" African Nova Scotian residents are located in three main areas. The residents of Upper/Lower Ford Street (“the Marsh”) were descendants of Black Loyalists and refugees. Young Street (“the Hill”) has people from a number of different cultural and ethnic diversities. Black Loyalist descendants make up the vast majority of people in the third area, West Prince Street (“the Island”). Truro is also the birthplace of world-renowned contralto Portia White (1911–1968). To support herself while taking music lessons at the Halifax Conservatory she taught school in Africville and Lucasville. Her national debut occurred in 1941 at the Eaton Auditorium in Toronto, and her international debut came at the Town Hall in New York in 1944. Ms. White considered the highlight of her career to be a Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II at the opening of Confederation Centre in Charlottetown in 1964. One critic commented that Ms. White “has a magnificent vocal instrument [and] sufficient musicianship and intelligence to do what she wishes with it, [her voice possesses] a purity of tonal quality the like of which one encounters all too seldom.” A monument commemorating Portia White stands on the grounds of the Zion Baptist Church. Source: African Nova Scotian Tourism Guide Historical Black Settlements in Nova Scotia (Google Map)


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