"Africa's Children is a testament to one's heritage, a belief in
one's ancestors, and a record of truth ... no told " Dr. Henry V.
Bishop, chief curator, Black Cultural Centre, Dartmouth, Nova
Chronicling the history of Black families of the Yarmouth area
of Nova Scotia, Africa's Children is a mirror image of the hopes
and despairs and the achievements and injustices that mark the
early stories of many African-Canadians. This extensively
researched history traces the lives of those people, still enslaved
at the time, who arrived with the influx of Black Loyalists and
landed in Shelburne in 1783, as well as those who had come with
their masters as early as 1767. Their migration to a new home did
little to improve their overall living conditions, a situation that
would persist for many years throughout Yarmouth County.
By drawing on a comprehensive range of sources that include
census and cemetery records, church and school histories,
libraries, museums, oral histories, newspapers, wills, The Black
Loyalist Directory, and many others, this is a history that has
been overlooked for far too long."
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