first_img Nova Scotians and others will now have a new and exciting way offinding out more about African Nova Scotian history. The Nova Scotia Archives is launching a virtual exhibit andonline resource called African Nova Scotians in the Age ofSlavery and Abolition. The exhibit coincides with the UnitedNations’ designation of 2004 as the International Year toCommemorate the Struggle Against Slavery and Its Abolition. “This new resource will contribute to a greater public awareness,understanding and appreciation of African Nova Scotian historyand culture,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Cultureand Heritage. “This site will be accessible to people from aroundthe world, and will raise awareness of our province as a heritagetourism destination.” Visitors to the exhibit can search a database containing about5,000 names. The database was created from official records ofAfrican American immigrants who came to Nova Scotia in 1783 andin 1815-16. “About 10,000 people of African descent came to Nova Scotiabetween 1749 and 1816. This exhibit provides remarkable insightinto their experiences,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of AfricanNova Scotian Affairs. “It reflects an amazing story of struggleand accomplishment in the face of adversity.” The exhibit pieces together the story of early African NovaScotians through digitized government documents, letters,newspapers and other unofficial sources. It includes strikingimages of everyday life, such as a watercolor of a family,probably from Upper Hammond Plains, heading to the Halifax marketon a Saturday morning in 1835. “The exhibit has been designed to appeal broadly to everyone,including general-interest visitors, genealogists, secondary andpost-secondary students, and especially those interested inAfrican Nova Scotian history,” said Brian Spears, provincialarchivist. “We believe it will be a popular addition to ourwebsite, which already receives more than 400,000 visits everyyear.” Visitors will also find a virtual photo exhibit depicting some ofthe original black settlements and descendants of the earlysettlers in the 1880-1955 time period. Among the communitiesphotographed are Preston, Upper Hammond Plains and Five MilePlains. There are also memorable individual portraits. With funding from Canadian Heritage, the exhibit provides accessto a wide variety of documentary sources relating to earlyAfrican Nova Scotian history and settlement. It is available . TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–African Nova Scotian Exhibit NowOnlinelast_img