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Africville

ISBN: 9781773065540

Author: Shauntay Grant

Illustrator: Eva Campbell

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Product Information

Grades

JK-2

Ages

5-9

Language

English

Book Type

Picture Book

Format

Paperback

Pages

32

Dimensions

9x11

Description

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
Finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature


When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she's heard from her family come to mind. She imagines what the community was once like —the brightly painted houses nestled into the hillside, the field where boys played football, the pond where all the kids went rafting, the bountiful fishing, the huge bonfires. Coming out of her reverie, she visits the present-day park and the sundial where her great- grandmother's name is carved in stone, and celebrates a summer day at the annual Africville Reunion/Festival.

Africville was a vibrant Black community for more than 150 years. But even though its residents paid municipal taxes, they lived without running water, sewers, paved roads and police, fire-truck and ambulance services. Over time, the city located a slaughterhouse, a hospital for infectious disease, and even the city garbage dump nearby. In the 1960s, city officials decided to demolish the community, moving people out in city dump trucks and relocating them in public housing.

Today, Africville has been replaced by a park, where former residents and their families gather each summer to remember their community.

Themes

Culture & Diversity, Family, Community & Involvement, Communities & Ways of Life, Canada, Social Justice, Black History, Exclusive Editions

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