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Black Loyalist Heritage Centre

Birchtown in bloom with Black Loyalist Heritage Centre

Facility opens with fanfare in community with deep African-Nova Scotian roots

A unique chapter of Nova Scotia’s history is being immortalized in a new museum.

On Saturday, the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre is officially opening in Birchtown, Shelburne County, which in the late 18th century was home to the largest free black settlement in British North America.

“African Nova Scotian history has really been missing from the history books,” said Beverly Cox, the centre’s site manager. “We are very happy to be able to present this story in a brand new building and celebrate our heritage.”

During the American Revolutionary War, thousands of African slaves joined the British colonial forces in exchange for their freedom. When the war ended in 1783, over 3,000 black Loyalists were emancipated by the British and shipped off to Nova Scotia for better lives.

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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