If you drive in a westerly direction from Halifax along either Highway 103 or Highway 101, you will end up in the town of Yarmouth. Documents indicate that African Nova Scotians were found living in Yarmouth around the 1750s. They immigrated primarily as persons enslaved to the New England Planters who originally settled in the Annapolis Valley region. When Yarmouth was officially established, Blacks were listed as residing in the town. When Canada’s first race riot took place in Birchtown/Shelburne, many of the fleeing Blacks relocated to Yarmouth. Yarmouth was also home to the African Nova Scotian singing group the Mission-Aires. Composed of four first cousins, this group performed in Montreal at Expo ’67 and in 2009 they received the Pioneer Award from the African Nova Scotian Music Association. Source: African Nova Scotian Tourism Guide Historical Black Settlements in Nova Scotia (Google Map)


Yarmouth, Nova Scotia B5A

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