I love this documentary that was created in 1991, and reflects on the history of Africville. Throughout the documentary there is video footage from the 60's to the 90's, which is blended together so beautifully it just works perfectly.
Remembering Africville is so insightful because the film is told from so many peoples perspective. The residents of Africville, the local media, and the general public all had their own perspective, and this film shows that. The way the film is put together, it shows some of the challenges the former Africville residents faced.
The community of Africville paid taxes, but yet they didn't have access to any of the municipal resources that the rest of Halifax had. Of course the living conditions in Africville were not the same as the rest of Halifax. If the city didn't invest ANY money into the community, how was it expected to be the same?
The community didn't have proper plumbing or even roads, so it wasn't even comparable. So the city of Halifax basically starved the community of every available resource, and then attacked the community when they thought the time was right.
It was obviously a strategic plan to use the power of influence to dismantle the Africville community, and it worked! Once the elderly people signed their homes over, the younger generation of Africville residents had no choice but to follow. And once the more influential people from the community started signing their homes over, it made it easier for the people with less to make the decision to leave Africville as well.
One by one, the homes in the community of Africville were demolished. The community felt defeated after fighting for their land for so long. The knockout blow came in the dead of night, on November 20, 1967!
That was the evening when the city of Halifax bulldozed the Seaview African United Baptist Church to the ground. The crazy thing is the city of Halifax didn't even own the Church when they took it from the community! And just like that, is how the community of Africville was taken awake from the people.
The former Africville residents were placed in housing projects and throughout the North-end of Halifax. The people never lost their sense of pride or love for Africville, and today the memory of the great community still lives on! I Am Africville...