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Mayor Kelly to apologize to former Afriville residents, family tomorrow – Metro US

Mayor Kelly to apologize to former Afriville residents, family tomorrow

Mayor Peter Kelly will be apologizing Wednesday to former Africville residents and their descendants on behalf of city council and HRM.

The official apology will come at what is being described as a community announcement at the Community YMCA on Gottingen Street at 11 a.m.

Kelly and Irvine Carvery, President of the Africville Genealogy Society, will host the event in recognition of Africville and will include details of an agreement reached between HRM and the society.

An offer by HRM was recently tabled to former Africville residents and their families, who voted on it at a meeting Saturday. Carvery said the deal received 80 per cent approval from the approximately 150 people in attendance.

Council still need to ratify the contract, which is believed to include a $3-million payment and some municipal land. That was expected to take place today.

Residents of the black community of Africville were relocated in the 1960s. Their former homes were bulldozed to make room for the MacKay Bridge. The area has since been declared a national historic site.

Also attending tomorrow’s event are Premier Darrell Dexter and Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs Percy Paris. The two will make an announcement for the Africville community.

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