Settling Africville | Alderney Landing Theatre | Theatre | Halifax, Nova Scotia | THE COAST

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Settling Africville

San Family Productions presents the play written by George Elliot Clarke and directed by Juanita Peters described as: "The colonial Nova Scotian leaders viewed the incoming War of 1812 refugees as being only good for cheap labour and settled them on the worst lands, so that they could not become economically independent. But the arrival of Richard Preston, in 1816, and his creation of the African Baptist Association, anchored villages like Africville around a church, thus giving them a sense of identity. Settling Africville establishes these truths: That colonial Blacks had to fight to have their Nova Scotianness recognized. But it never really was. And they still founded communities anyway."

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