The Community of Africville

On the shores of the Bedford Basin, on the northern edge of peninsular Halifax, lies Africville. For over 150 years, Africville was home to the hundreds of individuals and families who settled there, some of whom could trace their roots in Nova Scotia back to the late 1700s. Africville was a vibrant, self-sustaining community that thrived despite the harshest opposition.

The majority of those who lived in Africville were landowners; in fact, the first registered deed dates back to 1848. The 5 original land purchases belonged to families Arnold, Brown, Carvery, Hill and Fletcher. Just one year later, the first church was built and the settlement grew by the addition of families Dixon, Bailey and Grant, making a total of 8 families to settle on these shores.