Africville Timeline

 

1836

  • the settlement took on the name of the road that was built around the Bedford Basin to connect to Halifax (Campbell Road Settlement)

1848

  • the first recorded land purchase (though oral history suggests that some of the families can trace their roots back to the 1700’s)

1849

  • the first baptism took place in the Bedford Basin

1854

  • some houses were removed for the construction of the Intercolonial Railway

1863

  • Africville petitioned the government for financial aid to support a qualified teacher

1883

  • the first school was established

1947

  • Africville was officially designated as industrial land

1948

  • Funds for water and sewer services were approved by the Halifax City Council but never installed

1953

  • Africville school closed

1955

  • The city dump was set up near the church

1957

  • The North Shore Development Plan called for the removal of Africville

1962 - 64

  • Community engagement regarding the relocation of Africville which was approved by the Halifax City Council
  • The relocation of Africville began

1963

  • The last baptism took place in the Bedford Basin

1964 – 67

  • Africville residents relocated and their homes destroyed

1970

  • The last resident ‘Pa Carvery’ left his home

1983

  • The Africville Genealogy Society (AGS) was formed.
  • First annual Africville Reunion in the park

2002

  • Africville declared a National Historic Site

2004

  • The UN officially states that the treatment and destruction of Africville was a crime against humanity.

2010

  • HRM Public Apology given by former Mayor, Peter Kelly.

 2011

  • Partial land transfer
  • Ground-breaking ceremony for the replica Church

2012

  • Completion of replicated Church,
  • Official opening to the public and Exhibit launch
  • Inaugural Christmas Tree and Church Lighting Ceremony

2013

  • Renovations to the basement
  • Beautification of the grounds including paving the parking lot

2014

  • The Africville Stamp is is launched by Canada Post
  • Installation of the church building and road-side official signs
  • Our first fundraiser 'Settling Africville', a play written by George Elliott Clarke and directed by Juanita Peters.