The Halifax Regional Municipality says it has transferred $2.5 million to the newly formed Africville Heritage Trust Society.

The money, part of a $3-million reparations deal announced earlier this year, will go to the resurrection of the Seaview United Baptist Church. In a release late Friday, Mayor Peter Kelly said the remaining $500,000 is “earmarked for the installation of services to the new building and a proposed interpretive centre.” The funding was initially announced in February, when Kelly offered a long-awaited apology on behalf of the city for the razing of Africville, the historic black community demolished to make way for the construction of the MacKay Bridge.