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  •  Africville... (6+ / 0-)

    Wow, still a VERY sore spot in Halifax. The whole idea of "improving" that neighborhood as it was done is knd of ttxbook in its racial insensitivities. There is a lot of Black Nova Scotian history that needs better memorialization, but I will say this; there's a nice start on remembering the Black Loyalists that I'll bring up next week.

    can;t wai tot read that book btw, and do let me know what Mrs p2p knows about the launch...

    •  The author will be doing a tour (4+ / 0-)

      and when we hear her schedule we'll let you know.

      The book launch was held at the St. Lawrence Theatre, not too far from where the Blackburn's lived in Toronto. There were several hundred people in attendance, including descendants of the Blackburns. Local politicians, community groups, and a Who's Who of Canadian Black Society turned out. The US sent the Consul General and he gave a speech, as did a representative of the Jamaican government.

      Twenty years ago when Karolyn first received funding to research that long abandoned cemetery she had no idea that the man who approved the grant would someday figure in that archaeological dig. She found his ancestors buried there!  His family formed a choir to sing the song that inspired the title of the book.

      Life takes some interesting turns.

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