The Africville Heritage Trust, which is a not-for-profit organization, was established in 2010 to manage the Africville Memorial Project, including the Museum and the Africville Interpretive Centre. The volunteer board includes a majority of Africville family members.
The Africville Heritage Trust was established specifically to manage the Africville Memorial Project, including the Museum and the Africville Interpretive Centre. A majority of the volunteer Board are Africville family members with a deep knowledge of the history and culture of the community Along with committed Board members from the broader community, they bring a wide range of skills and experience required for the project.
The AHT Board is responsible for overseeing the Africville Memorial Project which includes the Museum and development of resources for the Africville Interpretive Centre. The broad goals of this project are:
- A place for the community where former residents can reconnect and descendants, especially youth, can connect, learn about their history and rebuild a sense of place and pride as they rekindle the spirit of Africville.
- A visitor attraction that draws other residents of Nova Scotia and tourists to the site so that they can learn the story of Africville, adding to the critical mass of African Nova-Scotian themed attractions in Nova Scotia, strengthening the province as a Black heritage destination, and encouraging visitors interested in Black heritage to stay longer, benefiting both other Black heritage sites and the province as a whole.
- A venue for telling the true story of Africville and its contribution to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and the African Diaspora.
- A community forum that looks not only to the past, but functions as a centre for the discussion of present and future opportunities and challenges, and spotlights the issues of dislocated communities that occur in the world today.