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Travelling exhibit will give Nova Scotians a chance to take 'A Walk Through Africville'

'A Walk Through Africville' opens this week at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton
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Africville Museum (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

An 800 square foot exhibit travelling around the province will give Nova Scotians a chance to explore the historic community of Africville.  

'A Walk Through Africville' opens this week at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton.

Executive Director of the Africville Museum, Juanita Peters, said artists have helped to re-create aspects of some of its houses and buildings.

"I'm hoping this particular exhibit will help people understand what it feels like to walk down a road in Africville at that particular time," she told NEWS 95.7's The Sheldon MacLeod Show. "I'm hoping people will feel comforted, I'm hoping that they will find and feel the uniqueness of all the little things that made Africville special."

"I'm hoping to change some of the narrative around Africville and also remind people of a time when things were simpler on some fronts, and were better on other fronts in terms of how we communicated with each other and how we worked with each other."

It also features some content used in an earlier exhibit that travelled around Canada in the late 1980s. She hopes 'A Walk Through Africville' will help highlight what it was like to live in the tight-knit community.

"Just sort of the comradery of people," Peters said. "Everybody knew everybody, we talk about the music, we talk about the food, we talk about a lot of things."

The display will be in Stellarton for the rest of the month, and Peters said the plan is to have it travel around Nova Scotia throughout the rest of the year and into next year.

"It's a little difficult because it has to have the space wherever it goes, so that's a little challenging," she explained. "But we're looking forward to seeing all the different homes it might have in the future."

"Come and enjoy it, bring your family, and just talk about it. It's a really important African Canadian story and it's here to be enjoyed by as many people as possible."


Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the community editor for HalifaxToday.ca.
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