Shaping a Community: Black Refugees in Nova Scotia

by Lindsay Van Dyk

Nova Scotia has been home to people of African descent for over 300 years. Some individuals came as slaves in the service of white masters, but many others arrived as free migrants seeking a new homeland. During and following the War of 1812, approximately 2,000 escaped slaves arrived in Nova Scotia, having attained freedom in the course of the conflict. This group collectively became known as the Black Refugees. Read more about Lindsay Van Dyk's (2011-12) internship research at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.