In 1982, three women of Africville, Deborah Dixon Jones, Linda Mantley and Brenda Steed-Ross, organized the first Africville reunion weekend in the park that had been their home. Every year since then, the Africville families have come home and brought their children to share in the stories and the fellowship of their community.
The reunion was the beginning of the Africville Genealogy Society (AGS) and the beginning of a new chapter in the history of Africville. Community members worked with writers, film makers and artists to share their story with a larger audience. An exhibit telling the story of Africville was created and toured Canada. On behalf of the people who had been moved from Africville, the AGS initiated legal action for recompense for their loss. They attained a United Nations decision supporting their claim.
In February 2010, Halifax Mayor, Peter Kelly, made history by apologizing to the people of Africville for the destruction of their community nearly 40 years before. The apology was supported by the allocation of land and $3 million for the construction of a replica of the Church that had stood at the geographic and emotional heart of Africville. For more than 20 years, the people of Africville worked to achieve a settlement.
Finally, with the official apology, and construction of the Church underway, they began yet another chapter in the history of Africville. The museum is the first stage of the Africville Project, which will later include an Interpretive Centre.
Today the Africville Museum looks across the land where the people of Africville lived, worked and raised their families on the shores of the Bedford Basin. Inside the Museum, exhibits tell the story of a community that met the indignities of racism with grace and faith. When you visit the Africville Museum, you visit a community. The building is a replica of the Seaview United Baptist Church, destroyed in 1967 when the community was razed for industrial development.