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Righting Canada's Wrongs: Africville
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Righting Canada's Wrongs: Africville

An African Nova Scotian Community Is Demolished — and Fights Back

By Gloria Ann Wesley

This book will be available 30th April 2019. We welcome you to place a pre-order.
$34.95 Hardback
Series: Righting Canada's Wrongs

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The community of Africville began in the early 1800s with the settlement of former American slaves and other black people on the Bedford Basin, just north of Halifax. Over time the community grew to include a church, a school, and small businesses. At its peak, about 400 people lived in the tight-knit community of Africville. But the neighbourhood was not without its problems. Racist attitudes prevented people from getting well-paying jobs outside the community and the City of Halifax denied the residents of Africville basic services such as running water, sewage disposal, and garbage collection. Despite being labeled a "slum," the community was lively and vibrant, with a strong sense of culture and tradition.

In the 1960s, in the name of urban renewal, the City of Halifax decided to demolish the community, relocate its residents and use the land for industrial development. Residents of Africville strongly opposed this move, but their homes were bulldozed and they were forced into public housing projects in other parts of the city, and promised, but did not receive social assistance to help them resettle.

After years of pressure from former members of the community and their descendants, the City of Halifax apologized for the destruction of Africville and offered to pay compensation. Through historical photographs, documents, and first-person narratives from former Africville residents, this book offers an account of the racism behind the injustices suffered by the community. It documents how the City destroyed Africville and much later apologized for it.

GLORIA ANN WESLEY is an award-winning African-Nova Scotian writer and a former teacher. She is the author of two novels, two books of poetry, and several picture books. If This is Freedom was chosen for One Book Nova Scotia in 2017. Her latest work is Abigail's Wish. Gloria resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Hardback, 96 pages
Publication Date: 30th April 2019
ISBN: 9781459413580
Format: 9in x 11in
300+ colour and b&w visuals

BISAC Code:, JNF025050, JNF038040
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 13 To 18


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Series features

  • Voices and stories of those who were affected
  • Geared to support history and civics curriculums
  • Full-colour images of period artifacts, maps, documents and historic photographs
  • Teachers Resource Guide prepared by the Critical Thinking Consortium
"As indicated by its name, this series is hopeful. It is not about opening old wounds; it's about remembering the past, understanding it and moving forward." Nikkei Voice

Righting Canada's Wrongs is a series devoted to the exploration of the Canadian government's actions that violated the rights of groups of Canadian citizens, the subsequent fight for acknowledgement and justice, and the eventual apologies and restitution by governments.