November 1967: The heart of Africville, Nova Scotia is destroyed

Africville residents trace their roots back to the late 1700’s. The community was founded chiefly by Black Loyalist Nova Scotians and formerly enslaved African Americans. The majority of residents were landowners in a close-knit community with stores, a school, a post office and the church. During the late 1960s, the City of Halifax condemned and tore down the area.
The church was demolished on Nov. 20, 1967 in the middle of the night. This was done before the city actually owned the building. The church was bulldozed with many vital records inside. The last home to be demolished would happen on Jan. 2, 1970.”

Source: The Trials and Triumphs of Africville, published March 25, 2020, by Craig Baird