Africville… a look back at the struggle for redress

Today’s announcement (February 24, 2010) of an agreement between the Africville Genealogy Society and various governments will mark the culmination of a decades-long, sometimes seemingly endless and too often hopeless struggle.

The deal—like almost anything to do with Africville—will be controversial. But as we consider what it means, it is worth looking back at how long—and how hard—it has been to get to this point.

Over the years, I’ve done a number of stories and columns—not to mention a novel, Reparations—about the struggles of Africville’s former residents. Here are a few of them:

If you’d like to know more about the real Africville, you may also want to check out these web sites, as well as the Africville Genealogy Society website.

Halifax writer Jon Tattrie’s story of Eddie Carvery, The Hermit of Africvillewill also be published in July 2010. And Halifax filmmaker Juanita Peters has documented the impact the Africville story has had on one family in Africville: Can’t Stop Now.

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