A hidden piece of Africville history, neatly tucked away...
There are plenty of historical buildings throughout Nova Scotia, but this is historical to my history. I guess "historical" is really all based on the perspective of who's history the conversation is about.
This is the old "Ford" house that was originally located in the community of Africville, and is still standing today! At the moment, I'm not sure the what the story of the house is, but I have confirmed that the house was once located in the community of Africville, by two former Africville residents.
It made me wonder how many more buildings are still standing that were once located in the community of Africville? Is this the last one? I can't help but be curious because Africville is real history to me, it's personal, and I want to pass on as much knowledge as I can for future generations. If you haven't heard Millenials and Generation Z are trending to take over the world. So lets try to reach our youth as often as we can...
I just wanted to share this picture, and hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. If anyone has any photography of Africville and would like to share, we're just an email away. Either way, it's all love over here Hope you enjoyed...
photo credit: Andrew Hill
The future is here the next generation is quickly turning into the NOW generation. It’s a beautiful process watching the children of yesterday turn into the leaders of today.
That’s not to say being Black in Nova Scotia doesn’t come with its challenge. The inspiration to overcome those challenges is what makes the process even more priceless. The statistics below just make it that more important we support the future!
These facts are based on the information compiled by Stats Canada.
Based on those statistics alone, it's easy to see how the deck is stacked against us! In life, I try to see the silver lining in every situation. The fact of the matter is, to do something bigger than yourself, you have to be humbled by humility and put yourself out there. Looking from a distance sometime we forget how hard it is to stay positive when life can be as hard as it gets! It's the people out here creating awareness and doing positive things in their communities that are making a real difference trying to make OUR communities a better place!
It's those same people in our communities that we have to acknowledge even more than we do! There are really 2 options you have when it comes down to it. You can act like you didn't see it, do nothing and be part of the problem. Or you can do the right thing and show your support for people trying to make a real difference. It's easy to point the finger and say this is what needs to done, but it's much harder to DO what needs to be done! So supporting this next generation is the best blessing we need to be giving them!
Encouragement goes a long way! When someone feels like they are making a difference in another persons life, it just motivates them to make an even more positive imprint on the community. The key is to strengthen the community so that, future generations have it better than us. The community of Africville can identify with the struggle better than anyone, but the people of Africville have been dealing with these same issues, its time to break that trend!
The POWER of Africville always the people of Africville and the sense of togetherness the community had as a whole. We cannot forget that in 200 hundred years we're not going to be here anyway, and to make our children stronger, faster, smarter, is the biggest thing we can do for ourselves. The real winners are the next generations of all walks of life! They are the people out here changing the narrative of history, so lets fuel their fire and encourage them to be passionate as ever, while offering our support. It's such a small investment to make, with potentially the biggest return!
So make sure you support the young people in your community. It really doesn't matter if your Chinese, White, or Black. The youth is the movement. The proof is in the pudding, so let them know you see them!
I Am Africville
I AM the spirit of my history the pride all through my veins
I AM the smile you show your children when your heart is filled with pain
I AM the memory of Campbell Road right where the children played
I AM a Africville Bomber stick or Seaside hockey blade
I AM George Dixon shadowboxing a champion is made
I AM William Brown & William Arnold buying land to stay
I AM the four hundred residents the City drove away
I AM the Africville before that and the Africville today
I Am Africville
photo credit: Fredison Fire
Though the pain, oppression, and racism that the community of Africville faced was very real, and truly a tragic event.
I tend to look at it differently. I see strength, love, and leadership when I reflect on my history.
I'm proud to say, I'm a descendant of Africville
On January 26th, 2013, the community of Nova Scotia, lost a truly special lady. The imprint Ms. Lewis left on the Africville Museum, is undeniable. Ms. Lewis holds a special place in Canadian history, not to mention, the significant part she played in current Africville history!
She was the very first chairwoman to sit on the board for the Africville Heritage Trust, and excelled while she was with the organization! Ms. Lewis was so much more than that though, she was a revolutionary! It's evident to see that Ms. Lewis was passionate about making the world a better place, and that she did.
Daurene Lewis was a descendant of the Black Loyalist and she was born in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. It was in 1984 when history was made, especially in regards to the Canadian population. Ms. Lewis became the FIRST EVER, female Black Mayor in Canada. I can only imagine how many people, she had a direct and indirect influence on! It's history moments like these, that motivates the next generation to be great. Leading by example is what Ms. Lewis consistently did so many ways while she was here! Let's take a brief look at some of her accomplishments.
You will always be appreciated, and the legacy of your passion lives on through your work!
That is only the tip of the iceberg, Ms. Lewis is even deeper than that! If you are still interested about finding more information on the late Daurene Lewis, here are 2 great links