City commemorates Africville by re-naming road

A road in the north end of Halifax will be officially re-named Friday in recognition of the community of Africville.

 

A road in the north end of Halifax will be officially re-named Friday in recognition of the community of Africville.

 

At Seaview Memorial Park at 5 p.m., Service Road will be re-named Africville Road.

 

The honour will be bestowed as Africville holds its 26th annual Africville Homecoming Reunion Festival. The reunion kicked off Thursday night with the showing of a documentary that focuses on the lives of three former residents.

 

“The name Africville speaks to the former residents and their descendents about home, a place where their ancestors celebrated life in a close-knit community that remains an indelible part of the city’s history,” Irvine Carvery, spokesman for the Africville Geneological Society, said in a release.

“The renaming of the road that once led to Africville will allow generations to come to feel a tangible connection to their roots and a sense of belonging.”

Africville is a former community home to African Nova Scotians who were later re-located by the city of Halifax during the late 1960s.

 
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