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Africville: The Black community bulldozed by the city of Halifax

Africville: The Black community bulldozed by the city of Halifax


Where the pavement ended. Africville began. There have been Black people in Halifax as long as there has been a Halifax. They helped build the city. Formerly enslaved people, and free Black men and women. Maroons. Together, they dug out its roads and raised its roofbeams. Facing racism in town, Black people settled at the city limits. They built homes and started families. They set up their own school and other services the city refused to provide. They built the Seaview United Baptist Church, the “beating heart of the community.” Despite paying city taxes, Africvillians had no running water, electricity, paved roads, or sewers. Instead, the city built factories, sewage pits, and a prison nearby. Then labeled the village a slum. In 1962, Halifax city council voted to demolish Africville, taking its valuable land for industrial development. The bulldozers arrived as Africville lay sleeping. By 1970, the neighbourhood was destroyed and its residents forcibly relocated to other Halifax neighbourhoods. But Africville was home to the people who lived there, and they would not be forgotten. Once a year, we venture out to Africville for a reunion, set up your tent, set up your camp, or you throw a blanket on the grass. The children are playing, people are laughing and hugging, reminiscing about the old days. But for three days, you have your community back.

Comments (11)

  1. Don't understand why this wasn't taught in Canadian history. Black history is Canadian history. I studied more about Africville when I learned from the Halifax explosion in school.

  2. #WetsuwetenStrong #BlackLivesMatter

  3. This is bull shit what makes the blacks anymore important then the other communities they tare down . They tare down native communities , poor white communities, poor chiness communities. So fuck your bull shit propogande like this racist bull shit that places black communities above other communities. Our commodities our just as importance if fact more important then black communities. Because our communities where first long before there where black communities in Canada ….so fuck you .

  4. Never heard about this before. a similar thing happened in Vancouver to a neighbourhood called Hogan's ally.

  5. More fake propoganda from the ashkenazi oligarchy…

  6. It was a slum.And they wouldn't let the city repair or help rebuild…the "history" they don't "teach".

  7. Wait now before you guys call out racist let me tell you that this was a part of the Canadian make work project called urban renewal project they pumped money into cities to make way for infrastructure projects like the harbour bridge in saint john nb .or the bridge in Halifax. Those people where giving money to move and lots of notice .it had nothing to do with race relations.

  8. Many Canadians are the worse kind of racists; they constantly condemn the United States for a number of reasons even to this day yet these same 'tolerant' people are guilty of some of the worse excesses (racism, hatred of their aboriginal peoples and Asians) themselves. They hide their racism under a smile.

  9. Why, why do others do that to people who may look different than them. It just show ignorance is still out there and it will never end. We all bleed the same no matter the colour God gave our skin.

  10. I'm sorry for the racism the Black community in Halifax had to endure.
    But you know what? It's good to acknowledge that, this happened.. and what's better is, people are gradually realizing real reasons behind the awful events which minorities been through in the past (and the present).
    I hope by coming across such information, we feel socially responsible to make the world a better place; either by not discriminating in our work or when we rent, buy, sell, or communicate with each other.
    Great video!

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