Exhibits guide visitors through the vibrant life “out home”, when a village did indeed raise its children, when men and women worked hard, owned their houses, and had pride in their community. At the centre of the community stood the Church. This is where people came to pray, and to share in the joys and sorrows of village life. It was also where the community met to discuss offers from the City of Halifax to buy their land.
Rich in photographs, artifacts and anecdotes, the exhibits invite the visitor to look out the window, and imagine children playing by the waters of the Bedford Basin.
Watch interviews and various video clips following the lives of Africville descendants throughout the years after relocation. See and hear stories of childhood friends, family, and life in Africville. Look upon relics saved from the community’s destruction including the old town sign, the original Seaview United Baptist Church pulpit, and even children’s playing marbles. Perhaps even link broken family ties. And of course, learn about the Church that was at the heart of it all.
The exhibits in the Museum invite visitors to walk through the history of Africville, from a thriving village on the banks of the Bedford Basin to the relocation and demolition of the community. They tell of the efforts of the community to maintain the bonds of family and community and to gain recognition of the injustice. They also inspire the visitor to consider the corrosive and long-lasting effects of racism, and to recognize the strength of diversity in a modern community.